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Add webcam configuration module for yast

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Webcam is configured automatically. But for users having trouble with configuration a webcam configuration module would be useful. See also Bug #359729

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Users in trouble with webcam configuration need a webcam configuration possibility in YaST. As the usage of webcams is rising, eg. through instant messanger this feature request adresses more and more users



icons/user_comment.png a. f. wrote: (9 years ago)

indeed, may be usefull to suggest the correct driver and/or the viewer to use...
example uvcvideo webcam works with luvcview but not with camorama or wxcam and
so on

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (9 years ago)

en.opensuse.org has several resources on how to write yast modules. If you have concrete ideas what to do, go ahead. The yast team will openly welcome you to help.

icons/user_comment.png T. J. wrote: (8 years ago)

I think what might help significantly is simply taking the lsusb vendor/device string, and then comparing that to a list automatically, and either loading the correct module, or letting the user know that they need to install a different kernel/package for that module.

icons/user_comment.png D. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

In addition to configuring, if able to view the webcam in the configuration module. Otherwise Kopete and Cheese are the easiest ways to see if the webcam is working and brings int the possibility of a bug with that application and the webcam interfering.

icons/user_comment.png D. F. wrote: (8 years ago)

I fully agree with Drew and share the idea that we should have a YaST module with preview instead of the need of luvcview, kopete, or something else just to verify how well the webcam is working or even how dark the room is ! ;-)

icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

42 people voted for this feature, but noone even made a UI?

icons/user_comment.png H. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

May it be that the webcams are so nicely recognized automatically in the newest openSUSE version that this YaST Module is not anymore needed? I was thinking to volunteer, but after reading the bug ID above I know have the impression it might be a useless exercise?! Please let me know your ideas ...

icons/user_comment.png D. H. wrote: (8 years ago)

I have a bunch of non uvc webcams that disagree with "webcams are so nicely recognized automatically in the newest openSUSE".

icons/user_comment.png D. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

I have a uvc webcam (Microsoft NV-6000) that Cheese detects and can use in other distributions, but NOT openSUSE.  I've been told to run
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so cheese  or
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype to get them to work.

While I haven't had the chance to try it out with Cheese yet in openSUSE 11.2 Gnome (from a LiveCD), that it works with Fedora 10+ and Ubuntu 8.10+, something is missing.

icons/user_comment.png a. f. wrote: (8 years ago)

the problem here is that not everybody are developers.. (like me, i cannot write code)

icons/user_comment.png L. M. wrote: (8 years ago)

Typically under openSUSE when I plug in a webcam after a new openSUSE install, I end up running a number of different webcam apps to see if the webcam works (amsn, cheese ... ) under any ? ...  and then if it does not I end up installing various packages (v4l, packman packaged gstreamer) and playing with gstreamer-properties (from gnome-media), and rebuilding apps no longer packaged (such as camorama) with "rpmbuild --rebuild app.src.rpm" in the hope that evenually I find one that shows the web cam functions.

A centralized application under YaST makes a lot of sence although it may take some work reliably, given the half dozen or so different web cam drivers (where uvc and gscpav are the more common).

Unfotunately, I too am a user with no programming skills.

icons/user_comment.png B. N. wrote: (8 years ago)

That sounds like a great idea, especially as getting webcams to work is still a huge problem in Linux.

icons/user_comment.png M. C. wrote: (8 years ago)

Sorry for my intervention, I am not a dev. but just a simple user and Linux fan, since almost 10 years.

Among the partial, when not worse, total Linux's lack of video drivers automatic management (i.e. in comparison to M$ capabilities) the problem could be extended to the audio management as well.

For example my Philips SPC530 webcam, with embedded microphone, works on video under opensuse 11.2, but doesn't on audio.

Even worse is the case of my second webcam with a
SONIX SN9C20x bridge (device IDs 0c45:62xx) which fails also on video.

icons/user_comment.png D. T. wrote: (8 years ago)

Yast tv module could be extended to cover webcam too.

icons/user_comment.png B. P. wrote: (8 years ago)

If a webcam isn't working in Cheese (Skype, amsn, kopete, etc are historically buggy and usually suspect) that means one of two things:

  1. Your driver is old and unsupportable. For example V4L1 devices may be <a href="  http://lwn.net/Articles/380150/ ">deprecated upstream soon</a> but there is a workaround as pointed out in Comment #13. There really isn't much openSUSE can do as these webcams are old (so getting hardware is difficult) and the drivers are a very low quality and mostly reverse engineered.
  2. The driver is broken. Please test the <a href="http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Kernel:/HEAD/openSUSE_Factory/ ">Kernel of the Day</a> and file a bug.

If your camera is working in Cheese file a bug against the application.

I really don't see a need for a YAST module for something that should work out of the box.

icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

I would love to see something in YaST for this.  At the very least, if the module shows you the location of the device (eg /dev/video0) and has a button to begin a test that displays what the webcam can see, this would be very helpful.  The only app I have been able to use for testing so far is Skype because it automatically detects the location of the camera.  I'm adding my vote for this feature to go in.

icons/user_comment.png B. P. wrote: (8 years ago)

Please don't use Skype for testing hardware. Their video4linux2 implementation is lacking in many places and it simply won't work with libv4l2 without preload hacks.

Cheese meets both of your criteria of showing you the device node and previewing the picture in a nice reasonable manner. There is also gstreamer-properties but that is a bit of a low level utility.

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