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« on: August 13, 2005, 01:21:48 am »
I have an old video camera that can connect to my computer via firewire/1394. Can I use it as a video survallience camera in Pluto?

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2005, 03:23:26 pm »
Any camera that is supported by video4linux (v4l) works.  Look here:

newbielink:http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/html_single/Webcam-HOWTO.html [nonactive]

I know firewire *webcams* work fine.  However, a camcorder uses a different firewire protocol, it's not a webcam protocol, it's another one.  I've seen it be done, so I know it's doable, but I don't personally know how complicated it was to get it working.

Does that help a bit?

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2005, 06:29:51 pm »
Thanks that does help.
When you say you've seen it done, do you mean you've seen it done with Pluto or just in linux?

The software at this site ( newbielink:http://kino.schirmacher.de [nonactive]) enables it to easily be done in Linux. Perhaps this code could be wrapped with Pluto.

Thank you for your time.
-Rob

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2005, 07:40:25 pm »
I saw it done with Pluto,however as I recall it required setting up some loopback devices and other things it would be too complicated for most end-users.  Do you know any of the guys on that Schirmacher project?  we'd be happy to work with them if they think this would be an interesting application for their users as well