Digital camera as Webcam
k5di at zianet.com
Sun Feb 3 18:28:32 UTC 2008
Gilles Gravier wrote:
> Typically, Ekiga, the voice over IP / video conference application will
> also help you detect if your camera is useable in Linux.
Yes. I have that set up and it can't find my camera. But it can find
the mike in the camera. In Ekiga setup audio you can select camera audio
and MY camera mike works.
This tells me I think that the camera is plugged in and powered up
at least to a point the mike works.
The video works fine in Windows. I don't think that assures it
should work in Linux. I might need to buy another camera but not sure
what. Wal Mart has some cheap ones....
> Most often, what happens is that your camera needs to be visible in
> either Video 4 Linux (V4L) or Video 4 Linux 2 (V4L2)...
> In recent distros, modern webcams supporting the USB-VC (USB Video
> Class) interface are supported by default. This thanks to the work of
> the likes of Sun
> Logitech (http://www.quickcamteam.net/) and of course the authors of V4L2.
> Other webcams, well it depends on the chipset on board. Webcams with
> Philips chipsets (including Logitech webcams) will work. Cams with
> proprietary chipsets (including very old Logitech webcams) likely won't,
> in most cases.
> Karl Larsen wrote:
>> H.S.Rai wrote:
>>> Is there any chance to use digital camera (I have Sony Cybershot
>>> DSC-S700) as webcam.
>>> I find http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-set-linux-webcam-digital-camera.html
>>> giving some information. It suggest using xawtv and camorama.
>>> xawtv give: can't open /dev/video0: No such file or directory
>>> Similar error of unable to find video device is given by camorama.
>>> Will connection through USB cable will work? Where to find driver, if required.
>> Hello. I just ran a test. On my windows Skype, in my laptop, I have a
>> old Logitek camera and mike that has a USB plug. It works fine in
>> windows but not it appears in Ubuntu. The Linux Skype to this moment
>> would do nothing with a call that had video with it. But this morning
>> when I called myself on Linux the Skype asked if I want a video contact!
>> I clicked yes and there was my video camera image from the laptop in a
>> window on my Linux!
>> So it occurs to me that we really do not have a good way to test if a
>> Digital Camera is plugged into Linux how do we know it is working? I
>> can't tell even on Windows. We need another application to test the
>> camera in Ubuntu.
>> But for sure the Ubuntu Skype is ready to accept and display video from
>> other users. This is new. We are getting better :-)
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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