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Video camera & FireWire (IEE1394)

Technical aspects



In an open terminal for root [1], edit the file /etc/modules to add the following lines:


That will load the FireWire modules at startup. To avoid restarting, you can:

modprobe raw1394
modprobe video1394

Then insure the device is present in /dev. To do that, several methods are applicable. The following one will always work. Create a script /etc/init.d/firewire with the following content:

#! /bin/sh

test -e /dev/raw1394 || mknod -m 666 /dev/raw1394 c 171 0

Make it executable:

chmod +x /etc/init.d/firewire

Establish the link to automatically startup the script at boot:

ln -s /etc/init.d/firewire /etc/rcS.d/S10firewire

Once again, it could be useful to restart to test it, but it is not absolutely necessary, you can do the same by executing the script yourself now like so:


And you're up! The DV camera will now be recognized by Kino. It's up to you now!

[1] On Debian, start a terminal, type su and enter the password. On Ubuntu, start a terminal, type sudo /bin/sh and enter the current user password.

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