VIDEO DRIVERS FOR LINUX
K-Team S.A., the world leader in miniature mobile robots,
is actively promoting Linux as an operating system for
autonomous robotics (see Real
Time Linux). However, development is currently limited
by the small number of video capture devices supported
under Linux. By supporting video capture cards
compatible with the PC104
standard, K-Team aims at advancing their use in
miniature autonomous robotics.
We have chosen Video for Linux 2 (V4L2) because this
overhauled API is more flexible and extensible than
Video for Linux 1 (V4L). A user wishing to use the new
API installs the V4L2 files, replacing the original
API. However, our packages save you this effort
by including a copy of the V4L2 driver.
We plan to support the following video capture devices:
- Matrox Meteor (Standard, PPB, RGB & RGB/PPB)
- HiQVideo (Chips & Technologies 6555X / 690X0)
For the Matrox Meteor II,
see the Meteor2
project maintained by Cord Seele.
For any other, see the People
& Projects page maintained by Bill Dirks for
other supported boards like the BrookTree-848/878.
This package contains everything required for use,
including the v4l2 base driver. Instructions for
installing these drivers are simple:
- You need a kernel version 2.2.x or 2.4.x .
- For the Meteor, you need to reserve an area of RAM
above the operating system for the frame buffer (mem=???M).
- Perform make in the main directory.
- Do make install as user root.
- Test the applications by running one of them in
the apps directory.
See the readme file in each archive for additional
Currently only the Meteor driver is supported.
The HiQVideo driver
does not yet work properly due to I2C troubles.
If anybody would like to help us in the design of those
drivers please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These drivers are covered by the GPL.