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Old 08-08-2008, 09:59 AM
Bret Busby
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

Hello.

I am running Debian 4.0 on a number of computers (laptop and desktop).

I have a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX webcam.

I have searched on the Internet, to try to find how to set it up and use
it, for making video recordings and video calls.


I have installed a driver, spca5xx, and camerama, and camstream.

With what I have installed, I can get a moving image displayed on the
(laptop) screen, but I can record only still images of me.


How do I get it to record video clips?

I have just run Ekiga, not to make a call, but to check that the webcam
works with that, but, until the people that I want to contact, have
webcams and Ekiga set up, I want to be able to send them little video clips
with the web cam (to try to encourage them to make video calls).


Thank you in anticipation.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Celejar
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:59:02 +0800 (WST)
Bret Busby <bret@busby.net> wrote:

>
> Hello.
>
> I am running Debian 4.0 on a number of computers (laptop and desktop).
>
> I have a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX webcam.

...

> How do I get it to record video clips?

Try this?

http://www.quickcamteam.net/documentation/faq/how-can-i-record-video-from-my-webcam

> Bret Busby

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:28 PM
Bret Busby
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri, 8 Aug 2008, Celejar wrote:



On Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:59:02 +0800 (WST)
Bret Busby <bret@busby.net> wrote:



Hello.

I am running Debian 4.0 on a number of computers (laptop and desktop).

I have a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX webcam.


...


How do I get it to record video clips?


Try this?

http://www.quickcamteam.net/documentation/faq/how-can-i-record-video-from-my-webcam


Bret Busby


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That one has the following text:

"How can I record video from my webcam?

One way is to use FFmpeg with the following command line:

ffmpeg -vd /dev/video0 -an -vcodec mpeg4 -s 640x480 output.avi

This records video (no audio) from the /dev/video0 device at a
resolution of 640x480 and writes it to output.avi."


However, what I want to be able to do, is to record a videoclip with
sound, so that I can send a videoclip of my silly looking face moving,
as I talk, to relatives and friends, so that they can see what a video
call would look like.


I basically want to be able to make video clips that would be like video
calls, but that are not interactive, like video calls, so that I could
send the videoclips by email.


Thank you in anticipation.

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:59 PM
Andrew Sackville-West
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Sat, Aug 09, 2008 at 01:28:56AM +0800, Bret Busby wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Aug 2008, Celejar wrote:
>
>>
>> On Fri, 8 Aug 2008 17:59:02 +0800 (WST)
>> Bret Busby <bret@busby.net> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> Hello.
>>>
>>> I am running Debian 4.0 on a number of computers (laptop and desktop).
>>>
>>> I have a Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX webcam.
>>
>> ...
>>
>>> How do I get it to record video clips?
>>
>> Try this?
>>
>> http://www.quickcamteam.net/documentation/faq/how-can-i-record-video-from-my-webcam
>>
>>> Bret Busby
>>
>> Celejar
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>>
>>
>>
>
> That one has the following text:
>
> "How can I record video from my webcam?
>
> One way is to use FFmpeg with the following command line:
>
> ffmpeg -vd /dev/video0 -an -vcodec mpeg4 -s 640x480 output.avi
>
> This records video (no audio) from the /dev/video0 device at a
> resolution of 640x480 and writes it to output.avi."
>
> However, what I want to be able to do, is to record a videoclip with
> sound, so that I can send a videoclip of my silly looking face moving,
> as I talk, to relatives and friends, so that they can see what a video
> call would look like.
>
> I basically want to be able to make video clips that would be like video
> calls, but that are not interactive, like video calls, so that I could
> send the videoclips by email.

man ffmpeg and learn how to capture the audio as well. The very first
example in the man page Examples section shows one way to do it. It
depends of course on whether the spca driver actually works with audio
and captures an audio stream. That I don't know.

and you might look at the gscpa drivers, which I think are more
up-to-date, but it's been a while...

A
 
Old 08-08-2008, 06:25 PM
Paul Cartwright
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> man ffmpeg and learn how to capture the audio as well. The very first
> example in the man page Examples section shows one way to do it. It
> depends of course on whether the spca driver actually works with audio
> and captures an audio stream. That I don't know.

I also tried that line. it didn't work. I finally tweeked it to where it
accepted all parameters, but then segfaulted:
$ ffmpeg -t 120 -i /dev/video0 -target svcd /home/pbc/paulsvideo.avi

FFmpeg version UNKNOWN, Copyright (c) 2000-2007 Fabrice Bellard, et al.

configuration: --prefix=/usr --libdir=${prefix}/lib --shlibdir=${prefix}/lib --incdir=${prefix}/include/ffmpeg --enable-shared --enable-libmp3lame --enable-gpl --enable-libfaad --mandir=${prefix}/share/man --enable-libvorbis --enable-pthreads --enable-libfaac --enable-libxvid --enable-pp --enable-libamr-nb --enable-libamr-wb --enable-x11grab --enable-libgsm --enable-libx264 --enable-liba52 --enable-libtheora --extra-cflags=-Wall -g -fPIC -DPIC --cc=ccache
cc --enable-swscaler --disable-mmx
libavutil version: 49.5.0
libavcodec version: 51.48.0
libavformat version: 52.1.0
built on Dec 7 2007 10:05:03, gcc: 4.2.3 20071123 (prerelease) (Debian
4.2.2-4)
/home/pbc/bin/dowebcam: line 4: 3533 Segmentation fault ffmpeg -t
120 -i /dev/video0 -target svcd /home/pbc/paulsvideo.avi


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Old 08-08-2008, 06:34 PM
Andrew Sackville-West
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 02:25:57PM -0400, Paul Cartwright wrote:
> On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > man ffmpeg and learn how to capture the audio as well. The very first
> > example in the man page Examples section shows one way to do it. It
> > depends of course on whether the spca driver actually works with audio
> > and captures an audio stream. That I don't know.
>
> I also tried that line. it didn't work. I finally tweeked it to where it
> accepted all parameters, but then segfaulted:
> $ ffmpeg -t 120 -i /dev/video0 -target svcd /home/pbc/paulsvideo.avi
>
> FFmpeg version UNKNOWN, Copyright (c) 2000-2007 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
>
> configuration: --prefix=/usr --libdir=${prefix}/lib --shlibdir=${prefix}/lib --incdir=${prefix}/include/ffmpeg --enable-shared --enable-libmp3lame --enable-gpl --enable-libfaad --mandir=${prefix}/share/man --enable-libvorbis --enable-pthreads --enable-libfaac --enable-libxvid --enable-pp --enable-libamr-nb --enable-libamr-wb --enable-x11grab --enable-libgsm --enable-libx264 --enable-liba52 --enable-libtheora --extra-cflags=-Wall -g -fPIC -DPIC --cc=ccache
> cc --enable-swscaler --disable-mmx
> libavutil version: 49.5.0
> libavcodec version: 51.48.0
> libavformat version: 52.1.0
> built on Dec 7 2007 10:05:03, gcc: 4.2.3 20071123 (prerelease) (Debian
> 4.2.2-4)
> /home/pbc/bin/dowebcam: line 4: 3533 Segmentation fault ffmpeg -t
> 120 -i /dev/video0 -target svcd /home/pbc/paulsvideo.avi

hmmm... I believe its possible, with some cameras, to

cat /dev/video0 > myvidfile

and then play it with mplayer. worth a shot.


A
 
Old 08-08-2008, 09:32 PM
Paul Cartwright
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> hmmm... I believe its possible, with some cameras, to
>
> cat /dev/video0 > myvidfile
>
> and then play it with mplayer. worth a shot.

$ cat /dev/video0>paulsvid
cat: /dev/video0*** glibc detected *** cat: free(): invalid next size (fast):
0x0995c860 ***
======= Backtrace: =========
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7ed58f5]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(cfree+0x90)[0xb7ed9360]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e922e2]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e9062f]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e8ffee]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(dcgettext+0x43)[0xb7e8ef13]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(__strerror_r+0x109)[0xb7edc0a9]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7f3fd82]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(error+0x58)[0xb7f40018]
cat[0x8049a24]
/lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xe0)[0xb7e80450]
cat[0x8048c91]
======= Memory map: ========
08048000-0804f000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 2069686 /bin/cat
0804f000-08050000 rw-p 00006000 08:06 2069686 /bin/cat
0995a000-0997b000 rw-p 0995a000 00:00 0 [heap]
b7b00000-b7b21000 rw-p b7b00000 00:00 0
b7b21000-b7c00000 ---p b7b21000 00:00 0
b7ce7000-b7cf3000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 1839064 /lib/libgcc_s.so.1
b7cf3000-b7cf4000 rw-p 0000b000 08:06 1839064 /lib/libgcc_s.so.1
b7cf4000-b7e69000 r--p 00000000 08:06
1773853 /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
b7e69000-b7e6a000 rw-p b7e69000 00:00 0
b7e6a000-b7fb2000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
b7fb2000-b7fb3000 r--p 00148000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
b7fb3000-b7fb5000 rw-p 00149000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
b7fb5000-b7fb8000 rw-p b7fb5000 00:00 0
b7fd6000-b7fd8000 rw-p b7fd6000 00:00 0
b7fd8000-b7fd9000 r-xp b7fd8000 00:00 0 [vdso]
b7fd9000-b7ff3000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 1872512 /lib/ld-2.7.so
b7ff3000-b7ff5000 rw-p 00019000 08:06 1872512 /lib/ld-2.7.so
bfedf000-bfef4000 rw-p bffeb000 00:00 0 [stack]
Aborted
pbc@paulandcilla:~/videos$ lst
total 20
drwxr-xr-x 155 pbc pbc 12288 2008-08-08 17:31 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 pbc pbc 0 2008-08-08 17:31 paulsvid
drwxr-xr-x 2 pbc pbc 4096 2008-08-08 17:31 .


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Old 08-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Andrew Sackville-West
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 05:32:40PM -0400, Paul Cartwright wrote:
> On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > hmmm... I believe its possible, with some cameras, to
> >
> > cat /dev/video0 > myvidfile
> >
> > and then play it with mplayer. worth a shot.
>
> $ cat /dev/video0>paulsvid
> cat: /dev/video0*** glibc detected *** cat: free(): invalid next size (fast):
> 0x0995c860 ***
> ======= Backtrace: =========
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7ed58f5]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(cfree+0x90)[0xb7ed9360]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e922e2]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e9062f]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7e8ffee]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(dcgettext+0x43)[0xb7e8ef13]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(__strerror_r+0x109)[0xb7edc0a9]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7f3fd82]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(error+0x58)[0xb7f40018]
> cat[0x8049a24]
> /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xe0)[0xb7e80450]
> cat[0x8048c91]
> ======= Memory map: ========
> 08048000-0804f000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 2069686 /bin/cat
> 0804f000-08050000 rw-p 00006000 08:06 2069686 /bin/cat
> 0995a000-0997b000 rw-p 0995a000 00:00 0 [heap]
> b7b00000-b7b21000 rw-p b7b00000 00:00 0
> b7b21000-b7c00000 ---p b7b21000 00:00 0
> b7ce7000-b7cf3000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 1839064 /lib/libgcc_s.so.1
> b7cf3000-b7cf4000 rw-p 0000b000 08:06 1839064 /lib/libgcc_s.so.1
> b7cf4000-b7e69000 r--p 00000000 08:06
> 1773853 /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
> b7e69000-b7e6a000 rw-p b7e69000 00:00 0
> b7e6a000-b7fb2000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
> b7fb2000-b7fb3000 r--p 00148000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
> b7fb3000-b7fb5000 rw-p 00149000 08:06 2068498 /lib/i686/cmov/libc-2.7.so
> b7fb5000-b7fb8000 rw-p b7fb5000 00:00 0
> b7fd6000-b7fd8000 rw-p b7fd6000 00:00 0
> b7fd8000-b7fd9000 r-xp b7fd8000 00:00 0 [vdso]
> b7fd9000-b7ff3000 r-xp 00000000 08:06 1872512 /lib/ld-2.7.so
> b7ff3000-b7ff5000 rw-p 00019000 08:06 1872512 /lib/ld-2.7.so
> bfedf000-bfef4000 rw-p bffeb000 00:00 0 [stack]
> Aborted
> pbc@paulandcilla:~/videos$ lst
> total 20
> drwxr-xr-x 155 pbc pbc 12288 2008-08-08 17:31 ..
> -rw-r--r-- 1 pbc pbc 0 2008-08-08 17:31 paulsvid
> drwxr-xr-x 2 pbc pbc 4096 2008-08-08 17:31 .
>

wow. that looks kind of like there might be a problem in the
driver. If you can't cat from the video device, then there's something
seriously wrong. I highly recommend you check out the gspca drivers
instead of the spca5xx-source packages. I have used the gspca drivers
without difficulty, though there was no sound implemented for my
particular camera. ymmv.

there is both a gspca-source and gspca-modules-... packages. IIRC, the
spca5xx is being replaced upstream...

A
 
Old 08-08-2008, 09:53 PM
Paul Cartwright
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> wow. that looks kind of like there might be a problem in the
> driver. If you can't cat from the video device, then there's something
> seriously wrong. I highly recommend you check out the gspca drivers
> instead of the spca5xx-source packages. I have used the gspca drivers
> without difficulty, though there was no sound implemented for my
> particular camera. ymmv.
>
> there is both a gspca-source and gspca-modules-... packages. IIRC, the
> spca5xx is being replaced upstream...

but I already have gspca, but no modules..

~$ dpkg --list |grep spca
ii gspca 20080524-1
Package created with checkinstall 1.6.1
ii gspca-source 01.00.20-1
source for the gspca v4l kernel module


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Old 08-08-2008, 10:11 PM
Andrew Sackville-West
 
Default Using Logitech Quickcam on Debian 4.0

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 05:53:59PM -0400, Paul Cartwright wrote:
> On Fri August 8 2008, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > wow. that looks kind of like there might be a problem in the
> > driver. If you can't cat from the video device, then there's something
> > seriously wrong. I highly recommend you check out the gspca drivers
> > instead of the spca5xx-source packages. I have used the gspca drivers
> > without difficulty, though there was no sound implemented for my
> > particular camera. ymmv.
> >
> > there is both a gspca-source and gspca-modules-... packages. IIRC, the
> > spca5xx is being replaced upstream...
>
> but I already have gspca, but no modules..
>
> ~$ dpkg --list |grep spca
> ii gspca 20080524-1
> Package created with checkinstall 1.6.1
> ii gspca-source 01.00.20-1
> source for the gspca v4l kernel module
>

I'm sorry, I thought I remembered someone saying they were using
spca5xx.

hmmm... I'm no real help then. It looks like you've installed from
upstream though, perhaps? Maybe try the debian gspca-modules packages
and see what that gets you.

That's all I've got.

A
 

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