Often it's desirable to have more than one camera on a robot, for example to provide front and back views. As always, camera code should run in its own thread to prevent a camera exception (e.g. if a camera fails or gets unplugged) from taking down the main robot thread. The example below shows how to create a new thread class called Cameras that creates two cameras and lets you switch between them using an Xbox controller.

WPILib provides a great helper class called CameraServer that does most of the heavy lifting. You can read about it here and here

For more info about using multiple cameras, see here

package frc.robot;

import edu.wpi.first.wpilibj.TimedRobot;
import edu.wpi.first.wpilibj.XboxController;

public class Robot extends TimedRobot {
  Cameras cameras;
  XboxController xbox;

  public void robotInit() {
    xbox = new XboxController(0); // create xbox controller object
    cameras = new Cameras();      // create the Cameras thread
    cameras.start();              // start thread and launch its run() method

  public void robotPeriodic() {
    if (xbox.getAButton()) {
    } else if (xbox.getBButton()) {

Create a new file named under src/main/java/frc/robot (same folder as

package frc.robot;

import edu.wpi.first.cameraserver.CameraServer;
import edu.wpi.cscore.UsbCamera;
import edu.wpi.cscore.VideoSource.ConnectionStrategy;

class Cameras extends Thread {
    CameraServer   camServer;
    UsbCamera      frontCam, rearCam;

    public Cameras() {
        // Camera server manages all cameras and streams
        camServer = CameraServer.getInstance();
        // Start serving front camera (USB port 0)
        frontCam = camServer.startAutomaticCapture("cameras", 0);
        // Create additional camera(s)
        rearCam   = new UsbCamera("rear", 1);

        // keep video streams open for fast switching

    public void selectFront() {
    public void selectRear() {

    // Run method is invoked when start method is called
    public void run() {
        while (true) {
            // run forever
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