Episode 37: Webcams

00:00:52 News & personal updates


MythTV 0.23 was released (and installed)

Looking at virtual solutions at work

Using Diigo to bookmark sites with annotations

Hoping to buy and move into his house soon


New job within the same company

Giving presentation to American Women’s Society of CPAs about mobile computing using a BlackBerry

Linux Mint 9 “Isadora” released


Steam is coming to Linux

00:29:55 Webcams

Michel Xhaard is responsible for making ~250 webcams work under Linux

Webcam charts

Webcam software

GUI programs
vlc (open capture device)

Command line tools

Use the commands lsusb to find model and dmesg to find the driver

Models we use


  • Logitech webcam pro 9000 – Rightlight, RightSound technology (Windows only), 720p video recording (Windows only?)
  • Built in 2MP for 2730p laptop – cheese was really dark, vlc worked great, camorama said it couldn’t open the device
  • iSight 1.3MP from MacBook Pro and iMac (need to verify they both work)
  • Microsoft webcam – Doesn’t work, green screen in Linux


  • Logitech QuickCam Communicate MP (Worked out of the box with Cheese)

How to make it work

Install V4L and V4L2 drivers
V4L and V4L2 are video input drivers for linux


Small troubleshooting guide: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/html_single/Webcam-HOWTO/

00:58:54 Web site of the week


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Episode 21 will be delayed

This is just a quick note to let you know that we’re having technical difficulties recording mintCast this week, so episode 21 will be delayed.

Our normal process would be to record the show one evening during the week, then edit the file together and get it posted on Sunday 30 August. We have not been able to record the show this week as planned. The new plan is to record the show next week, and post it on Sunday 6 September. From there we’ll get back on our two-week schedule, and the next show will be posted on 20 September.

We apologize for the delay.

In other news, we are looking into the possibility of performing mintCast live. You would be able to listen to it as we’re making the recording, or to listen to the recording later at your convenience as you always have.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of the show.

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