[clug] Video4Linux and IEEE1394 cameras

Andrew Pollock andrew-clug at andrew.net.au
Sun Oct 31 04:07:36 GMT 2004

(Deep breath)

I'm having a fiddle around with zoneminder, and I'm trying to get it to all
play ball with my Sony DCR-PC100E video camera, which has FireWire support.

I have a Sony VAIO PCG-F590 with an onboard FireWire port.

Here's the lowdown, so far:

Stock Debian 2.6.8 kernel, using devfs

I have a /dev/video1394/0 device, however I don't have anything resembling a
/dev/video? device (nothing with a major number of that ilk anyway).

Google tells me coriander might be able to help, but so far Coriander is
maintaining that there is no suitable device on the bus. gscanbus shows
something, and lets me do a few low level operations to the camera. I'm
fairly confident that the camera is at least partially visible.

I don't know a great deal about Video4Linux, and zoneminder wants a v4l
device. Its doco suggests to fiddle with xawtv till you get the input
working properly. xawtv also wants something that resembles /dev/video?

At the moment I think I've got one thing working reasonably well, but I need
something else. If anyone's got any experience with this sort of stuff, I'd
love to hear from you.



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