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When trying to open my usb camera with VLC I get

Capture failed:
The device you selected cannot be used, because its type is not supported.
Capture failed:
VLC cannot open ANY capture device. Check the error log for details.
Capture failed:
The device you selected cannot be used, because its type is not supported.
Capture failed:
VLC cannot open ANY capture device. Check the error log for details.

But the strange thing is that zoom can open it without issue.

I am running the latest vlc version 3.0.12

Logging is apparently disabled by default I enabled it by going to

Tools -> Preferences -> Select "ALL" -> Advanced -> Logging

Checking in the log did not reveal anything helpful, except that it's "directshow" that can't open this camera

dshow error: can't use device: USB CAMERA, unsupported device type

I increased the log level to debug, but this did not reveal much more

dshow debug: dshow-vdev: USB CAMERA dshow debug: found device: USB CAMERA

I tried to find the USB ID and I am not sure I got it right but it might be

USB\VID_0AC8&PID_3420\5&22ac01e1&0&3

This is what the camera looks like

This is a usb or hdmi output camera with a c-mount, it is used as a microscope camera but I'm using it as a normal webcam that has interchangeable lens.

Thanks !

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  • Open the source menu (Ctrl+C). On the Capture Device tab in the Select Device window, select your camera. If you do not see your camera there or specified any arbitrary name - the VLS does not support your model. Perhaps you need a driver from the manufacturer. In the question, you must specify the manufacturer and camera model.
    – Alex_Krug
    Mar 18 '21 at 3:56
  • The camera is there called "USB CAMERA" zoom can open it so no driver is needed. I suspect this is "directshow" related issue but ... ?
    – Shodan
    Mar 18 '21 at 19:48
  • find another program that will see your camera. VLC is not suitable
    – Alex_Krug
    Mar 19 '21 at 1:19
  • As stated in the title, I already have one of those and this is not what I'm asking.
    – Shodan
    Mar 21 '21 at 9:43

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