Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hauppauge ImpactVCB

I purchased this card intending to use it on my Ubuntu Linux box and it worked fine. All I had to do was make sure I set VLC and Motion to use NTSC .. silly Europeans set PAL to be the default.

Selecting an input is done by selecting the channel number.

Now, despite the fact that it has 4 inputs (1 super video and 4 analog) it can only capture from one of those inputs at a time :( I guess this is why it was $40 and everything else was $100 or more.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

% sudo apte-get ...
Media change: please insert the disc labeled
'Ubuntu 7.10 _Gutsy Gibbon_ - Release i386 (20071016)'
in the drive '/cdrom/' and press enter

This can be avoided by commenting out "deb cdrom: ..." in /etc/apt/sources.list.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Serial Port Names


Are things like /dev/ttys0.

Killing Motion or Reloading Config File

kill -s SIGHUP pid # Reloads the config file.
kill -s SIGTERM pid # Captures the last event and quits.

Installing Motion

First installed Apache / MySQL / PHP 5 (see previous post).

Next do the preparation.

% sudo apt-get install libc6 libc6-dev libglib1.2 libjpeg62 libjpeg62-dev zlib1g zlib1g-dev


Note that Ubuntu packages will be the same as the Debian ones. So make sure they're all installed. Note that a bunch (especially the non dev packages) will already be installed.

Next follow the installation instructions here:


Everything worked for me except the instructions lie about the placement of the default configuration file. The installation script doesn't lie, however, so use that location. The one I'm using ended up here:


I made the modifications they suggested hooking it up to /dev/video1. And it worked like a charm. Plopped data down into /var/www/camera/ like I configured it to.

Installing VLC (w/ GUI) for Quickcam 4000

% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc

Now run vlc

% vlc

File -> "Open Capture Device" and set "Video device name" to "/dev/video0". Hit "OK" and you should see the video from the webcam appear on screen. If you want the source data bigger go ahead and click "Advanced Options" and increase it to 352w x 288h.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Installing Apache2 + PHP5 + MySQL5 on Ubuntu

Apache2 + PHP5 + MySQL5:
sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 mysql-client-5.0 mysql-server-5.0 phpmyadmin libapache2-mod-php5 libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql

Start Apache/MySQL this way (although they will be started automatically when installed):
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

Default WWW Root is:

Config File is @: