Working Webcam - Logitech Communicate STX
For those who may be interested.
I found this cam at Radio Shack for about $50.
With the cam plugged in, by typing: lsusb I get the id as 046d:08d7
Attached is an lzm that will provide the drivers for this cam, motion, and a few scripts.
Go to http://dexartmax.net/linux/
Right click webcam.lzm and save it.
Works. You can send and receive streaming video with Yahoo IM. I haven't tried any other IM service.
To receive video you will need Jasper.
Very cool program that detects motion and takes a picturer. There are many features and adjustments. It even has a built in webserver.
You can read more here: Motion
The config file is located here: /usr/local/etc/motion.conf
The images will be here: /var/www/htdocs/cam1
webcam2Video - Uses mencoder to take all the images in /var/www/htdocs/cam1 and convert them into an avi (that actually plays in windows). Note: it does delete the images.
webcamPlay - Uses mplayer to display a live cam image. This is useful for getting the cam set up.
Unplug the cam
Goto the directory where webcam.lzm is.
Type: lzm2dir ./webcam.lzm / to install motion, scripts, and driver.
Type: depmod -ae to load the driver.
Plug the cam in.
Motion does not configure the camera. You need to run the camera with webcamPlay.sh or kopete first.
Motion runs as a daemon. Don't freak out when you type: motion and it puts you back to a prompt.
I usually type: killall motion to stop it.
To get the motion webserver running you need to change the settings in /usr/local/etc/motion.conf
Why use a webcam with backtrack.
1) For one, it's cool. And believe it or not backtrack is a great Linux distribution for everyday use. Especially if you want to temporarily convert a computer to a home security system accessible from the internet.
2) It impresses chicks.
I wonder if I can gut that thing out and will fit inside my eee-pc. I accidentally got the surf version and am looking for a webcam that will fit.
I have an ASUS eeepc with a inbuilt webcam.
I would like to know if Backtrack has a webcam viewer or even has it installed? If It doesn't how do I go about doing this?
No it doesn't have anything built in.
Originally Posted by ChevronX
As for doing it I can't tell you how. But I would suggest you start over at:
slackwareand then maybe
xawtv is an old favorite. Very simple and lightweight interface. Includes a command line utility called streamer for capturing the video and individual frames. For some strange reason, it doesn't appear to be in slackware.