Motion - Support Question 2016x 02x 07x 111529

Adjusting webcam settings before motion thread grabs camera


I am using a logitech camera with autofocus. At night the autofocus gets completely confused and leaves the camera wildly out of focus.

From command line I can easily set the camera to manual focus and set a focus value that will work, this needs to happen once as motion service starts up, but I cannot see a way to call this in the config files.

Also If I set the camera into manual focus, I am assuming that motion will not reset this.
No error message


Motion version: 3.2.12
ffmpeg version:  
Libraries: ffmpeg, mysql, postgresql
Server OS: raspbian
-- IaMalcolm - 07 Feb 2016


I found I can call v4l2-ctl even when motion is driving the camera, so easy to tweak this from a script at start up, although this means the first image may be a bit naff, but this is a pretty good workaround
Topic revision: r2 - 09 Feb 2016, IaMalcolm
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