BSD video capture (again!)

Sean Welch Sean_Welch at
Sat Jul 17 19:48:48 PDT 2004

Hey -- sounds good to me!  I'm looking forward to the day I can
video conference from my laptop without resorting to another OS.

I agree -- it would be very nice to have compatibility with all
those programs that can take advantage of the v4l interface under
Linux.  Perhaps a clean framework that can be accessed directly for
a purely *bsd solution but also a compatibility layer for aps
developed for Linux?

Whatever the situation I'd like to be involved.

Something interesting came to my attention today when I was
searching for any updated status on this stuff.  I had originally
started a thread asking if a compatibility layer could be introduced
over the top of the firewire dv capture mechanism more easily than
creating one for usb capture devices from scratch.  Have a look at

I was intrigued to see this.  libavc1394 appears to be based upon
libraw1394 which is dependent on the linux architecture.  Since
gnomemeeting already supports this, how hard would it be to write
our own "libraw1394" that libavc1394 could depend on?  (Note: I
haven't really looked at it in depth -- this is just my impression)
At first glance it would appear that the necessary functionality is
already available from fwcontrol (namely a raw dv stream)...


On Sat, Jul 17, 2004 at 04:21:45PM -0700, Julian Elischer wrote:
> Sean Welch wrote:
> >It has been a while and I was wondering if there had been any
> >progress on a video framework?  I checked this page:
> >
> >
> >
> >but didn't see anything new and the page claims it hasn't been
> >modified since December.
> >
> >Is there anything I could help test?
> >
> I am trying to get threading to a clean state so it can survive without 
> me ;-)
> and after that I want to get into video..
> probably the wise thing is to implement somethignt hat has compatibility 
> with v4lv2
> (video for linux version 2) though I believe that one could do a LOT 
> better than that
> as a video framework.  This is because there are a LOT of drivers for 
> Linux
> using the v4l-2 API.
> >
> >Sean
> >
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