MiniDV capture via FireWire      2004.07.25 @ 1:51:12 PM
Some time ago I purchased a JVC GR-D30U MiniDV camera and started shooting.

Along with the camera I purchased an IEEE 1394 PCI board and slapped it into my Red Hat 9 Pentium III box but never had the time to find out about the drivers, etc. Here is the board specification:

FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)


Now I've got a bigger hard drive and since my box was a bit outdated I decided to install a fresh Knoppix 3.4, which worked out very well. To my surprise, the card was automatically recognized. The device /dev/raw1394 was already created with the following modules loaded:

raw1394 32364 0
dv1394 23116 0
eth1394 22536 0
ohci1394 36484 1 dv1394
ieee1394 310712 4 raw1394,dv1394,eth1394,ohci1394


So I went ahead and plugged in my camera and got this on my /var/log/messages:

Jul 25 12:44:17 knoppix ieee1394.agent[2693]: ... no drivers for IEEE1394 product 0x/0x/0x
Jul 25 12:44:17 knoppix ieee1394.agent[2714]: dv1394: loaded successfully
Jul 25 12:44:17 knoppix ieee1394.agent[2710]: ... no drivers for IEEE1394 product 0x/0x/0x
Jul 25 12:44:17 knoppix ieee1394.agent[2714]: raw1394: loaded successfully


All I needed was some software, so I installed Kino with:

apt-get install kino


And presto!. Simply clicked on the CAPTURE button and there was my video:

kino

What makes me really happy is the fact that nowadays anyone could install Linux on a PC and get internet access, email, games and even download edit digital video from a MiniDV camera...

Hey! who needs windows then ?

JVC


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