Philips Webcam

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New info

Old info

copy pwcx-i386.o to /lib/modules/usb/

In /etc/modutils/webcam:

post-install pwc /sbin/insmod --force /lib/modules/usb/pwcx-i386.o >/dev/null 2>&1  || :


  • multimedia devices -> video for linux: M
  • USB support -> USB Philips cameras (pwc.o)
  • USB support -> USB Audio support (audio.o)
mknod /dev/video0 c 81 0
chown root:video /dev/video0
chmod 660 /dev/video0
ln -s /dev/video0 /dev/video


My preferred

  • camorama - gnome2 tool to view, alter and save images from a webcam
    • Very nice app, had tust to fix dir for saved images in the prefs
  • motion - V4L capture program supporting motion detection
    • copy /etc/motion/motion.conf to ~/.motion/motion.conf and override system-wide settings
    • !! give an absolute path for target_dir or it will create a ~ dir!!


  • camstream - Collection of tools for webcams and other video-devices
  • xawtv
  • came - Rewrite of the xawtv webcam app using imlib2
    • This sends periodically snapshots to an ftp server
  • webcam - capture and upload images
    • This sends periodically snapshots to an ftp server
  • gqcam - GTK Webcam control
  • dov4l - program to set and query settings of video4linux devices
  • v4l2ucp - A universal control panel for v4l2 devices