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Package for simple USB web camera in groovy?

asked 2013-03-06 07:41:02 -0500

TommyP gravatar image

updated 2013-03-06 07:41:31 -0500

Which package is recommended to use in groovy for a web camera? And how do I install it? I seem to remember there being a package called usb_cam but I cannot find that anymore.

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answered 2013-03-06 08:48:19 -0500

joq gravatar image

updated 2013-04-05 02:25:47 -0500

Nothing specific about Groovy, but here's a good overview of most of the available USB camera drivers.

An up-to-date list of all Ubuntu packages available for Groovy is here. At the moment, it says camera_umd is available (green) on Oneiric and Precise, but not Quantal (red).

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Well, I cannot find any of them in my groovy installation (full desktop).

TommyP gravatar image TommyP  ( 2013-03-06 09:12:09 -0500 )edit

I don't think full desktop installs any drivers. You can look for ros-groovy-DRIVERNAME packages to install, or else build them from source.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2013-03-06 09:45:14 -0500 )edit

OK, good to know that this is the method. In groovy I seem to never know if I just is missing a deb or if I am supposed to build from source.

TommyP gravatar image TommyP  ( 2013-03-06 09:58:51 -0500 )edit

if there is a deb and you do not want to change anything -> use the deb if there is no deb or you want to change the code -> checkout git repo and build from source

kalectro gravatar image kalectro  ( 2013-03-06 18:20:03 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-03-06 23:24:59 -0500

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updated 2013-03-07 20:42:25 -0500

I've used uvc_camera not that long ago, although I can't recall if it was under Groovy or not. It appears that the stack containing uvc_camera is building on Groovy, for all except 12.10 (probably an issue with the more stringent compiler). You should be able to install with "sudo apt-get install ros-groovy-camera-umd" unless you are on 12.10.

usb_cam was part of bosch_drivers, which has not been released into Groovy.

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I don't see an Ubuntu package for uvc_camera, but there is a ros-groovy-camera-umd available.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2013-03-07 03:44:20 -0500 )edit

Thanks Jack, I had reversed the "camera" and "umd" in the stack name. Fixed above.

fergs gravatar image fergs  ( 2013-03-07 20:42:50 -0500 )edit

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