Dear Matlab Support:
I would like to ask if there is any easy way to have virtual cameras working with the Image Acquisition Toolbox.
I'm seeking to stream MJPEG videos from IP Cameras to Matlab. After searching all Matlab Central and reading documentation, I know such a feature is currently not directly supported. Whilst alternatives such as capturing only a single JPEG snapshot or using mexopencv do exist, they are not desirable in my case.
I was trying to create virtual cameras using two alternatives: one is to use Axis Streaming Assistant (my IP cameras are Axis), and the other is to use IP Camera Adaptor (<http://ip-webcam.appspot.com)>. In both cases, I was able to create a virtual camera forwarding MJPEG stream from the real IP camera. I have verified that the virtual camera works in instant messaging applications (such as Skype).
However, Matlab Image Acquisition Toolbox does not detect these virtual cameras. I have installed all possible specific and generic camera packages. The Image Acquisition Toolbox only detects the built-in physical camera on my laptop ('winvideo'). I have Matlab 64 bit R2014a on my laptop.
Therefore, I would like to know if there is any easy way to get virtual cameras detected by Matlab? Or is it a current limitation and it would require writing a specific driver for the virtual camera? Once again, I note that other instant messaging applications can detect both the physical and virtual cameras on my laptop.