Re: InterestedRe: color quickcam and linux

Also not truely appropriate for this group, but related....

Has anyone investigated the Winnov/Videum product?  It
seems to be an excellent product but, alas, only supports
Windows.  I've asked for low level specs, but the company,
Winnov, seems pretty reluctant.

I too started my project with a Quickcam/Linux combo, but
had to keep looking because of the slow capture rate.


Gary Stringer wrote:

> Hi,
>   I'm involved with a project where we're using MBone tools for
> language teaching, ie vic, rat, wb etc., but designing our own
> 'easier' interface to them. We're using both Linux :) and Win95 :(
> >> hembree@mindspring.com writes:
> >>
> >>  >         I would be using it for a badging application. The user
> >>  > space version has too slow a frame rate.
> >>
> >> This is the biggest problem with a quickcam.  It takes too much CPU
> >> time for too low a frame rate.  My feeling is that they MUST move
> to a
> We too are finding that the QuickCam frame rate is just too slow, and
> have
> reluctantly bought a bt848-based capture card (Hauppauge WinTV/pci)
> with a
> Hauppauge camera (cost around GBP200 total) to play with instead. The
> quickcam
> is looking rather dated now, though its big advantage is its
> third-party
> support (thanks!)
> Stew Benedict wrote:
> > I've been trying to get this thing running under Linux, no luck so
> far.
> > I got the bt848 driver for the Miro PCTV card that comes with the
> EggCam,
> > the module loads OK, but when I try to do a grab, it locks my
> machine up
> > hard.  Wrote the author of the driver, but apparently he's tied up
> with
> > other things.  I'd LOVE to see this thing working under Linux.
> With the WinTV card, the bt848 driver worked fine, and gave a very
> good image.
> BUT, the image is pushed directly into the video memory somehow, and
> is very
> dependent on the graphics card you're using (mine's a Matrox
> Millenium). Many
> cards just won't work at all; there's a list on the Hauppauge web
> pages (not
> sure if this is specific to the Hauppauge cards). There are also
> problems (I
> heard somewhere) with Pentium Pro chipsets not liking the board
> itself.
> We'd love to use this card for our project, but no-one has written a
> grabber
> for vic for this card type, as far as I know. Does anyone know of work
> that is
> ongoing to do this? Writing grabbers is a bit out of my expertise,
> though if
> no-one else writes the code, I may have to learn... :-)
> Sorry if this is getting a bit off-topic, but there doesn't seem to be
> a bt848
> mailing list (does there?).
> Grace and Peace,
> Gary Stringer
> http://www.ex.ac.uk/pallas/relate
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> Gary Stringer - Arts Computing Development Officer
> Pallas, Computing in the Arts at the University of Exeter
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