Recording from multiple webcams

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk m.e.sanliturk at
Tue May 17 19:49:17 UTC 2016

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 10:17 AM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> On Tue, 17 May 2016 19:04:59 +0200, Eduardo Morras via freebsd-questions
> wrote:
> > Can I record video from multiple webcams? I need record from 3 webcams
> > simultaneusly, I've install webcamd but can't find any app to record
> > from them. Some apps allow 1 webcam but I need at least 3.
> Not tested (because I don't have even one webcam here), but would
> mencoder be an option for you? Many years ago, I've been using a
> computer with two Haupauge TV/video cards and accessed their video
> inputs independently by accessing /dev/bktr0 with one mencoder,
> and /dev/bktr1 with the other... not sure if mencoder could do
> the same with webcams controlled by webcamd...
> --
> Polytropon
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> _______________________________________________

I do not have MEncoder :
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>From documentation , it seems that MEncoder can encode from TV , Radio ,
but I could not see web camera .
Perhaps , it may encode from multiple network cameras ( see Section 3.4 : ) because each camera
will have its own IP/address .

I do not have a working FreeBSD .
I tried in Fedora 20 x86_64 KDE ( Assume you have a KDE in your FreeBSD ) .

I have attached two web cameras .
I have started Cheese . It attached to one of the cameras .
I have started Camorama . It attached to another of the cameras .

A second copy of Cheese did not start .
A second copy of Camorama did not start  ( gave an error that "Could not
connect to /dev/video0"  ) .
I have started UCView . It connected to /dev/video1 , but it did not show
any image .

Conclusions :

No one of the programs has any menu item to select a web camera device to
connect .
No one of the programs are able to work in multiple copies .

There are open source other programs you may try compile and run in
multiple copies , but most of them are working with common libraries .
Therefore you need to make modifications to these programs to allow them to
connect to different web cameras , either from one program or from
different programs .

My knowledge is so much .

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk

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