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Old 10-24-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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webcam compatibility

I am considering acquiring a USB webcam from Jameco Electronics.
It claims compatibility with M$. It also supplies the software. I have never used the ndiswrapper can someone clue me in on how to use it?
Has anyone used this camera (X193UA-xx)? If so how is it and how are U usint it?
Old 10-24-2013, 03:16 AM   #2
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I think your question is slightly misleading

Maybe you mean has anyone used this product on Linux and maybe a link might help eg

then I suspect you don't mean ndiswrapper but if trying to use wine if there is no linux kernel module you might mean "wine" to install the windows drivers?

at $20 just buy it and then post the output of lsusb pls?

you could then check if modules are loading for either gspca or uvcvideo to avoid wine?
Old 10-24-2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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Not using wine. Already been to the link but for the red on and the black one. It is my understanding that ndiswrapper will work with webcam drivers as well as wifi adapters and such. If U know otherwise let me know. Maybe $20 is cheap but could be an investment in time like the last one.
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USB web cameras : No drivers are usually required for Linux.
Old 10-24-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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If the device is class compliant it should work. Or it looks like UVC compliant for linux.

If you have an exsiting camcorder, it may have a webcam mode and a usb connection method. My Sanyo FH1 has that, although my computers are too slow to make use of that at the moment. But it's pretty nice as the default color space is 4:2:2 which is better than what it does color wise for it's native captures. But it's limited to 640x480, and not the 1080p60 that the camcorder captures.

It's been a long while since I've used ndiswrapper and it was ONLY wireless cards in those days. If ndiswrapper was adapted for video cards, I doubt it would still be called ndiswrapper.

The one you linked to may also be sold as the netflex on amazon. Which doesn't seem to be well liked without the linux factor.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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I guess I'll outline my steps for using my camcorder (Sanyo FH1) as a usb webcam.

$ v4l2-ctl --info

capture to rawvideo

$ ffmpeg -f v4l2 -s 640x480 -pix_fmt yuvj422p -i /dev/video0 -intra -f rawvideo -r 10 -y temp.raw

rawvideo to a playable video

$ ffmpeg -f rawvideo -s 640x480 -pix_fmt yuvj422p -r 10 -i temp.raw -q:v 0 -r 30000/1001 -y temp.flv

you could bypass the middleman if you desire

$ ffmpeg -f v4l2 -s 640x480 -pix_fmt yuvj422p -i /dev/video0 -q:v 0 -r 30000/1001 -y temp.flv

to just play your webcam input to your desktop

$ ffplay -f v4l2 -i /dev/video0


$ mplayer -vo gl_nosw tv:// -tv driver=v4l2

For me, I set the camcorder to webcam mode by plugging in the USB cable, then powering on the camcorder. I'll be prompted (on the camcorders LCD) at that point for: computer / printer / cancel, so select computer. Then I'm prompted for: card reader / mtp / screen capture / pc camera / cancel, so select pc camera. At which point uvc kicks in and /dev/video0 can be used.

Probably more of a reference for me. Hopefully useful, but I really don't know about the device mentioned. And outside of buying and trying you probably wont know either.
Old 10-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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exactly so let me be blunter

spend the $20

insert the cable

lsmod (or)
lsmod | grep uvc (or)
lsmod | grep gspca
which covers most webcams kernel modules = drivers

if the modules load then you try the software

capture software includes "guvcvideo" for uvc compliant cams---mine is uvc based
gspca cams AFAIK can't use that so tend to use "cheese"

If you can't see any module cam related then pls post the output of

we can then check the usb ids to see which main type of cam you have

(smiles a chessy grin such as per sheep)

and just to keep the main ones all together so we can hug em with Loooove

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