[mythtv-users] Webcam

Larry Sanderson larry.sanderson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 14:24:25 UTC 2007

Since MythTV uses v4l under the hood, I figured I'd try to get my v4l 
compatible webcam set up as a capture-card.  

Before attempting the myth integration, I set up the camera and verified 
that the following produces the expected video:

mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video2

Then I used mthtv-setup to define a V4L analog capture card.  Myth 
complained about not being able to probe the device, but it let me 
continue on.

I'm not sure if this part was necessary, but I also created a new blank 
Input source, and added channel 3 to it and associated it with the 

When I attempted to view the new channel using LiveTV it did show the 
video from the webcam, but the colors were off, and the image in 
general was a bit garbled.  

So, any thoughts on how to get the color and image set correctly?  


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