video cam with room view for FreeBSD && Skype

Matthias Apitz guru at
Mon Mar 8 10:12:04 UTC 2010

El día Friday, March 05, 2010 a las 04:33:43PM +0100, Bas v.d. Wiel escribió:

> >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 
> camera.

Hello Bas,

Thanks for you kind reply to my quest. I've never used any device via
firewire; I see that there are man pages firewire(4) and fwe(4), but I
have no clue, how this connection of a cam is physically made; can I connect such
cam to my laptop or do I need a special PCI card, for example (i.e.
build up some PC for my purpose, which could be an option too)?

and: will the result work with Skype?

I'd be happy to read your howto about; thanks in advance


Matthias Apitz
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