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Old 02-05-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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How to take a HD snapshot with your webcam


I have a HP HD Webcam. lsusb informs me it's the 0461:4dce Primax Electronics, Ltd (build-in webcam HP EliteBook 8460p).

If I use streamer, the jpg files have a resolution of 320x240 with the following command:
Quote:
/usr/bin/streamer -c /dev/video0 -f jpeg -o ~/Webcam/test
If I use v4lctl, it's always 640x480. It doesn't matter if I use full or 1280x720:
Quote:
v4lctl -c /dev/video0 snap jpeg 1280x720 ~/Webcam/test.jpg
v4lctl -c /dev/video0 snap jpeg full ~/Webcam/test.jpg
But with cheese, it captures in 1280x720. But I cannot use cheese for my photo timelapse project, because it cannot capture a photo using a single commandline command (cheese is a graphical utility).

I also tried it with ffmpeg, but there are so many options and I never got it to work (even followed a lot of guides on the internet).

I also tried with mplayer, but also didn't work:
Quote:
mplayer tv:// -vo jpeg -frames 1
mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video0 -frames 1
mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video0 -vo jpeg -frames 1
When the computer is turned on, it should automatically start taking snapshots with the webcam. This will be done with crontab.
The computer will not be having any display. It must be able to start taking snapshots without user interference.
The only thing I need is, how can I capture a snapshot with full resolution using a single commandline command?

Quote:
# mplayer tv:// -vo jpeg -frames 1
MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.3.3 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz (Family: 6, Model: 42, Stepping: 7)
CPUflags: MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing tv://.
TV file format detected.
Selected driver: v4l2
name: Video 4 Linux 2 input
author: Martin Olschewski <olschewski@zpr.uni-koeln.de>
comment: first try, more to come ;-)
v4l2: ioctl get standard failed: Invalid argument
Selected device: HP HD Webcam [Fixed]
Capabilites: video capture streaming
supported norms:
inputs: 0 = Camera 1;
Current input: 0
Current format: MJPEG
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: ioctl set format failed: Invalid argument
tv.c: norm_from_string(pal): Bogus norm parameter, setting default.
v4l2: ioctl enum norm failed: Invalid argument
Error: Cannot set norm!
Selected input hasn't got a tuner!
v4l2: ioctl set mute failed: Invalid argument
FPS not specified in the header or invalid, use the -fps option.
No stream found.

v4l2: ioctl set mute failed: Invalid argument
v4l2: 0 frames successfully processed, 0 frames dropped.

Exiting... (End of file)
lsusb -vvv:
Code:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0461:4dce Primax Electronics, Ltd
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceSubClass         2 ?
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  idVendor           0x0461 Primax Electronics, Ltd
  idProduct          0x4dce
  bcdDevice            0.19
  iManufacturer           2 Primax Electronics Ltd.
  iProduct                1 HP HD Webcam [Fixed]
  iSerial                 3 PMX02
  bNumConfigurations      1
  Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength                 9
    bDescriptorType         2
    wTotalLength          845
    bNumInterfaces          2
    bConfigurationValue     1
    iConfiguration          0
    bmAttributes         0x80
      (Bus Powered)
    MaxPower              500mA
    Interface Association:
      bLength                 8
      bDescriptorType        11
      bFirstInterface         0
      bInterfaceCount         2
      bFunctionClass         14 Video
      bFunctionSubClass       3 Video Interface Collection
      bFunctionProtocol       0
      iFunction               5 HP HD Webcam [Fixed]
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        0
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      1 Video Control
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              5 HP HD Webcam [Fixed]
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                13
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      1 (HEADER)
        bcdUVC               1.00
        wTotalLength          103
        dwClockFrequency       15.000000MHz
        bInCollection           1
        baInterfaceNr( 0)       1
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                 9
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      3 (OUTPUT_TERMINAL)
        bTerminalID             2
        wTerminalType      0x0101 USB Streaming
        bAssocTerminal          0
        bSourceID               5
        iTerminal               0
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                26
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      6 (EXTENSION_UNIT)
        bUnitID                 4
        guidExtensionCode         {7033f028-1163-2e4a-ba2c-6890eb334016}
        bNumControl             8
        bNrPins                 1
        baSourceID( 0)          3
        bControlSize            1
        bmControls( 0)       0x3f
        iExtension              0
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                26
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      6 (EXTENSION_UNIT)
        bUnitID                 5
        guidExtensionCode         {97ea26b1-3644-df41-9de4-2dd4647ec193}
        bNumControl             8
        bNrPins                 1
        baSourceID( 0)          4
        bControlSize            1
        bmControls( 0)       0x01
        iExtension              0
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                18
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      2 (INPUT_TERMINAL)
        bTerminalID             1
        wTerminalType      0x0201 Camera Sensor
        bAssocTerminal          0
        iTerminal               0
        wObjectiveFocalLengthMin      0
        wObjectiveFocalLengthMax      0
        wOcularFocalLength            0
        bControlSize                  3
        bmControls           0x0000000e
          Auto-Exposure Mode
          Auto-Exposure Priority
          Exposure Time (Absolute)
      VideoControl Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                11
        bDescriptorType        36
        bDescriptorSubtype      5 (PROCESSING_UNIT)
      Warning: Descriptor too short
        bUnitID                 3
        bSourceID               1
        wMaxMultiplier          0
        bControlSize            2
        bmControls     0x0000157f
          Brightness
          Contrast
          Hue
          Saturation
          Sharpness
          Gamma
          White Balance Temperature
          Backlight Compensation
          Power Line Frequency
          White Balance Temperature, Auto
        iProcessing             0
        bmVideoStandards     0x 0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x83  EP 3 IN
        bmAttributes            3
          Transfer Type            Interrupt
          Synch Type               None
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0010  1x 16 bytes
        bInterval               6
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       0
      bNumEndpoints           0
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              5 HP HD Webcam [Fixed]
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            15
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  1 (INPUT_HEADER)
        bNumFormats                        2
        wTotalLength                      599
        bEndPointAddress                  129
        bmInfo                              0
        bTerminalLink                       2
        bStillCaptureMethod                 0
        bTriggerSupport                     0
        bTriggerUsage                       0
        bControlSize                        1
        bmaControls( 0)                    27
        bmaControls( 1)                    27
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            27
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  4 (FORMAT_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFormatIndex                        1
        bNumFrameDescriptors                6
        guidFormat                            {59555932-0000-1000-8000-00aa00389b71}
        bBitsPerPixel                      16
        bDefaultFrameIndex                  1
        bAspectRatioX                       0
        bAspectRatioY                       0
        bmInterlaceFlags                 0x00
          Interlaced stream or variable: No
          Fields per frame: 1 fields
          Field 1 first: No
          Field pattern: Field 1 only
          bCopyProtect                      0
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         1
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            640
        wHeight                           480
        dwMinBitRate                 24576000
        dwMaxBitRate                147456000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      614400
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         2
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            640
        wHeight                           400
        dwMinBitRate                 20480000
        dwMaxBitRate                122880000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      512000
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         3
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            352
        wHeight                           288
        dwMinBitRate                  8110080
        dwMaxBitRate                 48660480
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      202752
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         4
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            320
        wHeight                           240
        dwMinBitRate                  6144000
        dwMaxBitRate                 36864000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      153600
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         5
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            176
        wHeight                           144
        dwMinBitRate                  2027520
        dwMaxBitRate                 12165120
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize       50688
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            34
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  5 (FRAME_UNCOMPRESSED)
        bFrameIndex                         6
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                           1280
        wHeight                           720
        dwMinBitRate                 73728000
        dwMaxBitRate                147456000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize     1843200
        dwDefaultFrameInterval        1000000
        bFrameIntervalType                  2
        dwFrameInterval( 0)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 1)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            11
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  6 (FORMAT_MJPEG)
        bFormatIndex                        2
        bNumFrameDescriptors                6
        bFlags                              0
          Fixed-size samples: No
        bDefaultFrameIndex                  1
        bAspectRatioX                       0
        bAspectRatioY                       0
        bmInterlaceFlags                 0x00
          Interlaced stream or variable: No
          Fields per frame: 1 fields
          Field 1 first: No
          Field pattern: Field 1 only
          bCopyProtect                      0
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         1
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            640
        wHeight                           480
        dwMinBitRate                 24576000
        dwMaxBitRate                147456000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      614400
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         2
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            640
        wHeight                           400
        dwMinBitRate                 20503560
        dwMaxBitRate                123021360
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      512589
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         3
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            352
        wHeight                           288
        dwMinBitRate                  8110080
        dwMaxBitRate                 48660480
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      202752
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         4
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            320
        wHeight                           240
        dwMinBitRate                  6144000
        dwMaxBitRate                 36864000
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize      153600
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         5
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                            176
        wHeight                           144
        dwMinBitRate                  2051080
        dwMaxBitRate                 12306480
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize       51277
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                            46
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                  7 (FRAME_MJPEG)
        bFrameIndex                         6
        bmCapabilities                   0x00
          Still image unsupported
        wWidth                           1280
        wHeight                           720
        dwMinBitRate                 73751560
        dwMaxBitRate                442509360
        dwMaxVideoFrameBufferSize     1843789
        dwDefaultFrameInterval         333333
        bFrameIntervalType                  5
        dwFrameInterval( 0)            333333
        dwFrameInterval( 1)            500000
        dwFrameInterval( 2)            666666
        dwFrameInterval( 3)           1000000
        dwFrameInterval( 4)           2000000
      VideoStreaming Interface Descriptor:
        bLength                             6
        bDescriptorType                    36
        bDescriptorSubtype                 13 (COLORFORMAT)
        bColorPrimaries                     1 (BT.709,sRGB)
        bTransferCharacteristics            1 (BT.709)
        bMatrixCoefficients                 4 (SMPTE 170M (BT.601))
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       1
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0080  1x 128 bytes
        bInterval               1
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       2
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0100  1x 256 bytes
        bInterval               1
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       3
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0320  1x 800 bytes
        bInterval               1
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       4
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x0b20  2x 800 bytes
        bInterval               1
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       5
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x1320  3x 800 bytes
        bInterval               1
    Interface Descriptor:
      bLength                 9
      bDescriptorType         4
      bInterfaceNumber        1
      bAlternateSetting       6
      bNumEndpoints           1
      bInterfaceClass        14 Video
      bInterfaceSubClass      2 Video Streaming
      bInterfaceProtocol      0
      iInterface              0
      Endpoint Descriptor:
        bLength                 7
        bDescriptorType         5
        bEndpointAddress     0x81  EP 1 IN
        bmAttributes            5
          Transfer Type            Isochronous
          Synch Type               Asynchronous
          Usage Type               Data
        wMaxPacketSize     0x1400  3x 1024 bytes
        bInterval               1
Device Qualifier (for other device speed):
  bLength                10
  bDescriptorType         6
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceSubClass         2 ?
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  bNumConfigurations      1
Device Status:     0x0002
  (Bus Powered)
  Remote Wakeup Enabled
Code:
v4lctl -c /dev/video0 list
ioctl: VIDIOC_QUERYCTRL(id=9963776;type=unknown;name="";minimum=0;maximum=0;step=0;default_value=0;flags=0): Input/output error
ioctl: VIDIOC_G_STD(std=0x804f07bbfc193d8 [PAL_H,PAL_I,PAL_D1,PAL_K,PAL_M,PAL_N,NTSC_M,?,SECAM_B,SECAM_L,?ATSC_8_VSB,ATSC_16_VSB,(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null),(null)]): Invalid argument
attribute  | type   | current | default | comment
-----------+--------+---------+---------+-------------------------------------
norm       | choice | (null)  | (null)  |
input      | choice | Camera  | Camera  | Camera 1
contrast   | int    |      32 |      32 | range is 0 => 64
color      | int    |      64 |      64 | range is 0 => 128
hue        | int    |       0 |       0 | range is -40 => 40
White Bala | bool   | on      | on      |
Gamma      | int    |     100 |     100 | range is 72 => 500
Power Line | choice | 60 Hz   | 60 Hz   | Disabled 50 Hz 60 Hz
White Bala | int    |    4600 |    4600 | range is 2800 => 6500
Sharpness  | int    |       3 |       3 | range is 0 => 5
Backlight  | int    |       0 |       0 | range is 0 => 1
 
Old 02-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
Philip Lacroix
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motion

I had to take pictures at regular intervals from a webcam as well, and I used motion (a nice program). It can take snapshots (jpg or ppm) or movies from a video input when motion is detected, and it can be configured to take pictures at the intervals you want. The interface is command line, with lots of options, but it wasn't difficult to set it up (the configuration file has many helpful comments).

Hopefully it will support the native resolution of your camera (the one I used was 640x480 and it worked). A daemon mode is available, so all you have to do is to edit motion.conf, setting the interval you want and modifying a few other options, with no need to add entries to crontab.

I edited the following options:

Code:
videodevice /dev/video0
width 640
height 480
output_normal off
ppm on
## ppm has better quality but is heavy; if you want the
## lighter jpg, setting compression quality in %:
# ppm off
# quality 100
snapshot_interval 300
target_dir /home/user/motion
You'll probably want to turn this on as well, to start taking snapshot as soon as the system is up and running:

Code:
daemon_mode on
A mini-http server will be running by default, listening to port 8081 (or one of your choice) and allowing you to monitor the webcam through the network with a web browser. You can disable the server by setting the port to 0:

Code:
webcam_port 0
This is the related website:

www.lavrsen.dk/foswiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome

Oh, and it's in the Debian repository :-)

Best regards,
Philip

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