Friday, September 12, 2008

[Ubuntu] How to get your firewire camcorder to work in ubuntu

I'm using Kino for capturing video streams from my camcorder, but I couldn't figure out why Kino kept on displaying the message "raw1394 kernel module not loaded or failure to read/write /dev/raw1394".

It turned out to be two things, one, the module for Firewire needs to be loaded:

lsmod | grep 1394
sudo modprobe video1394
sudo modprobe dv1394

and second, the firewire device needs to be accessable by "normal" users, instead of just root:
sudo chmod a+rw /dev/raw1394


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