video cam with room view for FreeBSD && Skype

Bas v.d. Wiel bas at
Fri Mar 5 15:33:46 UTC 2010

Matthias Apitz wrote:
> Hello,
> To do normal Skype session (face2face) I'm using a USB video cam mounted on top
> of the lid of my laptop which is good supported by the pwc kernel module:
> Mar  5 09:39:57 current kernel: ugen4.2: <Philips> at usbus4
> Mar  5 09:39:57 current kernel: pwc0: <Philips product 0x0329, class 0/0, rev 1.10/0.03, addr 2> on usbus4
> Mar  5 09:39:58 current kernel: pwc0: This camera is equipped with a Sony CCD sensor + TDA8787 (32)
> I would like to have a bigger model to do the same with a group of
> colleagues on my side, i.e. put the cam 3-4 meter away from the table.
> Does someone knows a good model for doing that, wall or table mounted
> and with a long USB cable, and supported in FreeBSD 8-CURRENT?
> Thx
> 	matthias
In the past I've had reasonable succes using a standard camcorder over 
firewire to do things like this. It's been a few years though. If using 
firewire isn't an issue for you, I'd be happy to delve into my pile of 
notes and see if I can find you something of a howto. The advantage of a 
firewire camera is in the much more standardized protocol between PC and 


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