How to adjust compression on new HD cam?


I’ve installed the new HD low-light camera on my BR2 and I have a lot of pixelisation. Bitrate is too high. I had this problem with the previous Raspberry Cam that was fixed by changing the bitrate from 25mbps to 15mbps. I have no idea how to adjust compression settings on the new HD USB cam. Could you help please ?

In addition, any idea on how to test the connectivity and the bandwidth of the connection between BR2 and to surface laptop ? I have done a few modifications to the cabling with a SUBCONN connector on the BR2, and I’d like to measure how it impacts the bandwidth… a simple “ping” in not enough for this.

Thanks and regards,


Hi Michael,

What operating system are you running? We recently had this same problem on a laptop running Windows 7 and it was completely resolved by switching to Windows 10 on the same computer.

There’s actually a bandwidth test built into our Companion interface, but it’s still in beta. You can find that at


Hi Rusty,

Thanks for your feedback. I think we are running W7 indeed. The system has been dispatched offshore today for testing in real conditions so the guys will live with this for the coming days. I will investigate if I can upgrade to W10 and fix the issue when they are back.

Concerning compression, any possibility to tune bitrate and maybe resolution if I prefer to stream 720p instead of 1080p ?

Thanks for the bandwidth testing tool. I’ll test it when the system is back.



Hi Michael,

Okay, I think upgrading will fix the problem. We don’t officially support Windows 7, just Windows 10.

I don’t think we have any experience tuning camera parameters yet with this camera but @jwalser would be the one to ask about that.


Sounds good, thanks ! I’ll let you know how it works. Michael.

It is possible to adjust resolution, framerate, and color settings. I still have to add support in companion to make it easy to do this.

Right now, I’ve been using v4l2-ctl to test.

Great, thanks @jwalser ! Looking forward to having this integrated in Companion :slight_smile:

Track progress here: Add configuration options for usb camera · Issue #61 · bluerobotics/companion · GitHub

Good news, I managed to have the problem fixed upgrading to W10 ! Well, had to buy a new laptop too :slight_smile: ! But it works … however I’ll be happy to tweak the camera compression at some point … looking forward to having a solution.

By the way, I have also tested my connection speed using your tool, I got around 70Mbps in both download / upload. Not so bad for a 100MBps theoretical … with a Subconn and several connectors along the line !

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