Motion - Support Question 2006x 01x 27x 123418

Freebsd & Creative Webcam 3 & freebsd port motion 3.2.5



I ran into problems getting motion running on my freebsd box... i read through wiki and faq and would be very pleased if someone could give me some hints into the right direction...

First: Can i deactivate bktr support when i am only using the Creative Webcam3 (USB)? In my enviromnent its actually turned on - but i would like to deactivate if its unused.

When I launch motion (for testing with -s and -n flags) i get this output in the console:

[0] Processing thread 0 - config file /usr/local/etc/motion.conf [0] Motion running in setup mode.

[0] Thread device: /dev/ugen0 input 8

[0] Thread is from /usr/local/etc/motion.conf

[1] Thread started [1] Capture error calling vid_start

[1] Thread finishing...

[0] Waiting for threads to finish, pid: 6931

[0] motion-httpd/3.2.5 running, accepting connections

[0] motion-httpd: waiting for data on port TCP 80800

Syslog only shows:

[1] Capture error calling vid_start

The Webcam seems to be detected correctly:

kernel: ugen0: OmniVision OV511 Camera, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 3

I am using the standart configfile, I only deactivated mysql for first testing... - and i changed the device to /dev/ugen0 and the ports (to 80800 and 80801)...

When launching motion like this - no threads are started... - and the LED on the webcam keeps off. A test with "/usr/local/bin/vid -d /dev/ugen0 --small | /usr/local/bin/pnmtojpeg > image.jpg" turns the light on, but doesnt output any image too (no syslog events)...

Any help is very appreciated...

Thx, Licht77


Motion version: 3.2.5
ffmpeg version: ffmpeg-0.4.9.p1_5
Libraries: ffmpeg, mysql
Server OS: FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE-p25

-- TWikiGuest - 27 Jan 2006


The Freebsd port only supports bktr and netcam there's not provided any special interface to access usb cameras , i have not looked if there's a standard way to access to usb ... do you know ?

I saw a solution for linux pwc working cameras , a guy ported the pwc driver of linux to freebsd ( but it needs Freebsd 6 ) simulating bktr calls but that is a driver based solution not a good one for all usb cameras.

-- AngelCarpintero - 02 Mar 2006

Motion 3.2.10 , support already pwc using --with-pwcbsd , so it works with any webcam in FreeBSD that support V4L1/2 style driver.

-- AngelCarpintero - 10 May 2008
Topic revision: r3 - 10 May 2008, AngelCarpintero
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