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Hi,

Webcamd is a small daemon that enables about 1500 different USB based webcam, DVB and remote control USB devices under the FreeBSD-8.0 and later operating system. The webcam daemon is basically an application which is a port of Video4Linux USB drivers into userspace on FreeBSD. The daemon currently depends on libc, pthreads, libusb and libcuse4bsd.

Licensing wise the webcamd is GPLv2'ed due to the external Video4Linux part which is GPLv2'ed, though some files inside the webcamd remains BSD licensed which allows for building similar BSD licensed daemons.

How to get the latest source code:

#
# 1) Update to FreeBSD 8-STABLE or 9-CURRENT.
#

#
# 2) Install the following ports:
#

/usr/ports/multimedia/v4l_compat
/usr/ports/multimedia/libv4l
/usr/ports/multimedia/pwcview

#
# 3) Make sure Cuse4BSD is installed
#

svn --username anonsvn --password anonsvn \
      checkout svn://svn.turbocat.net/i4b/trunk/usbcam/cuse4bsd

make all install

#
# 4) Build webcamd
#

svn --username anonsvn --password anonsvn \
      checkout svn://svn.turbocat.net/i4b/trunk/usbcam/ulinux

make fetch

cd patches

./do_patch.sh

cd ..

make -j3 all

# the following command will attach to the first detected webcam:

./webcamd

#
# The following command will try to attach to the given USB unit,
# interface and V4B unit.
#

./webcamd -d ugen4.1 -i 0 -v 0

#
# The following command will display webcam contents from /dev/video0
# by default.
#

pwcview



Feedback and bug reports are welcome.

The software is now in FreeBSD ports. See /usr/ports/multimedia/webcamd .

You can support the webcamd project by donating money via paypal:

--HPS


This document was last updated on Sun Dec 29 16:04:41 CET 2013.