Re: drivers for USB webcams
On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 09:33:42AM +0300, Riku Voipio wrote:
> The two most common webcam chips, pwc and ov511 have open-source
> drivers. PWC driver used to have binary-only "decompressor" module,
> that allowed higher framerate and/or resolution while losing some
> image quality. That code has been since reverse-engineered, and is
> available in source format.
> As far as I know, only "Logitech QuickCam Sprehe", using driver
> pwc has pan/tilt/zoom suppport, but it's image quality isn't stellar
> and the device is quite expensive for it's features.
> Since most webcams use usb 1.1 bus, you will run out of USB bandwith,
> if you try to read video from more than one webcam at a time. You might
> want to consider network-based cameras, such like "Linksys WVC54G"
> or any of the Axis cameras.
Wouldn't seperate usb controllers have independant bandwidth?
Going through a hub could be bad, unless it is one of the nicer usb 2
hubs that can deal with multiple usb1 devices efficiently (I think I
read some can do that).
A 4 or 5 port usb card isn't expensive after all.