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Old 10-09-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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Use gimp to take webcam picture

I would like to use GIMP 2.6 to take a picture using the webcam.
I have read the description FILE > CREATE > and select the device for the webcam. I do this and get a subwindow titled: "xsane 0.998 SN9C1XX PC Camera Video". In this subwindow are various sizing, coloring etc. options and a button for scan. When I press SCAN button I get: Failed to start scanner: Invalid argument.
All I want is for GIMP to create an image and put it on disk.
FWIW: I verified that the system (Slackware 13.37) was correctly configured for this driver and that the driver exists as a module.
Can someone step me thru the procedure to get the image at least displayed on the screen by GIMP? What did I do incorrectly to get that error?

Later... I repeated the above process but added changing Gray to Color. That created a window with what should probably have been the image but it was entirely black. I have been suspicious of this camera for a while and think now this proves the camera is toast. But would that contradict "lsusb" showing that the webcam was found? or is it a broken feature which is not sensed?
None the less, have I got the process correct now to create a webcam image?

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Old 10-09-2013, 04:08 AM   #2
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Try using xsane to capture your image, then you can manipulate it in GIMP.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:21 AM   #3
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I believe the blackness is the image, i.e. camera is kaput!
Although I think I recall seeing xsane displayed somewhere in my attempts at processing. Since I am calling GIMP from an xwindows window manager, XFCE, wouldn't that indicate that xsane gets involved?
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I have been following Allend's suggestion and it is perfectly working on Slackware 14.0 32 bit KDE; to be sure that your webcam works make a test on
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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Yes I agree I think Allend's description is correct but I was just saying that when I went thru that process all I got was the black field filling the image area which leads me to think the camera is toast.
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You might try vlc to see if the webcam is working. And then do a screen shot to save an image.


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