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Experiences using digital video under Ubuntu, Redhat 8.0 + 9.0. Details the frustrations of getting cool stuff up and running in Linux.

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Thursday, May 01, 2003

I'm looking at getting a video capture card - one with a TV tuner.

So far, the Flyvideo 3000 looks like the main contender. It has kernel drivers (although it doesn't look like they are in the stock RH 9 kernel), and needs the v4l2 drivers to be built. Looks like I can build them without rebuilding the kernel (I'm over my days of getting a thrill out of building a new kernel image - I just want one that is tested and works well)

Looks like I can get one of these cards for about $A80 - seems reasonable enough.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Small warning about Kino A/V controls and the Panasonic NV-DS25 camcorder - make sure the camera is in VCR mode before clicking the 'play' button, otherwise it just starts recording.

Upgraded to Redhat 9.0 (that's right - I was brave enough to let the RH update scripts do their worst!)

SHOCK and AWE everything (except my HP PSC2110 due to a crappy perl version in RH 9) still works!!! Kino still runs as well as ever, firewire works better than before (doesn't look like I need to modprobe with the camera plugged in anymore).

I must say, Linux has come a very long way since my first experiences with Slackware and the 2.0.0 kernel.