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PC Quest (India): Video on your Desktop, Video-capturing on Linux

Jan 08, 2000, 17:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Avneesh Sud)

[ Thanks to S.Ramaswamy for this link. ]

"Over the past year, I've watched my friends graduate from multi-player xblast to netquake on Linux. In short, the hacker's OS has started rocking. So you?ve racy 3D graphics, good sound, and the works. But is something missing? What about some video capturing at home? Uh oh! Does Linux do that? If you've a popular frame grabber card, then yes, Video4Linux is here to your rescue."

"Although Video4Linux(v4l) is a comparatively new addition to the Linux kernel, video, TV, and video capture support has been around on Linux for a while, but mostly restricted to the geek world. The bttv project...provided drivers for the popular BrookTree chipset (hence the name BrookTree TV) as early as 1997, and was available as a kernel patch for 2.0.x kernels. Alan Cox introduced the Video4Linux design to provide an API for handling video in 2.1 revision, and with the advent of kernel 2.2, v4l became the standard. Bttv and other drivers then became part of the v4l project."

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