Short: Display/grab pictures from sonix webcams
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mathias 'Corto' Parnaudeau)
Uploader: polluks+aminet sdf lonestar org (Stefan Haubenthal)
New in version 0.30 :
- Read FTP settings (url and user) from sonix.cfg file
- Get initial RGB values from the config file as well
- Now works on the 2 Macally Icecam I've tested
(it one previously black with one of these webcams, due to the lack
of an initialization sequence)
- Refreshed when reopened after iconification
New in version 0.20 :
- Added FTP support
- The tiny webcam Macally Icecam Portable also works
New in version 0.12 :
- Support of Trust SpaceCam 150 Portable
- Working R, G and B sliders
- Compression has been tested expecting higher frame rate but
it is longer ... maybe the webcam needs much time to compress !
- If other webcams (with different chipset) will be supported, the program name
An USB webcam driver !
This program / driver can be used (has been tested) with these webcams :
o Sweex 100K :
- VendorID = 0x0c45, ProductID = 0x6009 (sensor pas106b)
- VendorID = 0x0c45, ProductID = 0x6005 (sensor tas5110c1b)
o Trust SpaceCam 150 Portable
- VendorID = 0x0c45, ProductID = 0x6029
o Macally IceCam Portable
- VendorID = 0x0c45, ProductID = 0x6007
It supports both USB stacks Poseidon (on MorphOS) and Sirion
(on AmigaOS 4) and allows to display images using SDL or MUI.
It has been tested with success on Linux too (SDL frontend only).
Sources will be provided to help those that would be interested to
learn some things, develop other drivers, enhance the code or give ideas.
- It only saves images in "ram:sonix_capture.jpg"
- Sources need to be cleaned but they will be provided in the next version.
A long time ago, I tried several times to create webcam drivers with the help
of Linux drivers. But I found that the USB mode isochronous
(used for data streaming) was not supported by our systems.
Then, among all my webcams I found one that was supporting the mode bulk
(raw data transfer).
I finally succeeded to catch images (yeah !) and I shew this work in progress
at the Huno party, in spring 2008. This old webcam was very hard to find and
one day there were some available on eBay. What is the interest if I am
the only guy that can use this driver ? So I bought 3 webcams for the Amiga
Just trying one of them ... I saw that of course the chipset was different !
Let's come back to work, after some time it was working with these webcams
The program used SDL and was able to save JPEG images. It was rather
a developer program with poor GUI and interactive actions to understand
the behaviour of the beast.
Finally, I started to write a MUI application that you can try today !
Trying to work cleanly, the program is split in several modules :
- the main program with MUI
- a dedicated subclass MUIC_Sonix
- the driver layer using the libusb API
- the real USB access, with one file per USB stack (Poseidon and Sirion)