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sabotuer99
August 27th, 2009, 07:13 PM
In windows, normally only one application can use a webcam at a time. With webcam splitter software, however, multiple applications or instances of an application can access the same webcam stream. So, hypothetically, I could open up 2 or 3 instances of aMSN and video chat with several people simultaniously, kinda like an improvised video conference (I haven't actually tried this yet, but in theory it should work...).

So my question is, is such splitter software necessary in Ubuntu (or Linux generally)? Or is it just Windows that locks the webcam stream to just one application.

LowSky
August 27th, 2009, 07:18 PM
Welcome to the forums

I think having a working webcam is something you should make sure of before moving on, many webcams have issues on Linux. Usingthe Ubuntu LiveCd is a great way to test features without installing anything.

Lastly just load the programs you want to try this on, its not like it will break anything trying it out.

fh_scott
August 27th, 2009, 10:06 PM
I have a logitech pro 9000 and it seems only one app at a time can access /dev/video0.

When I have luvcview going, skype's video test window is just black. As soon as I turn off luvcview and try skype again it works fine.

sabotuer99
August 27th, 2009, 10:12 PM
I'm not really so much concerned with whether the webcam works, I'm sure I can find one that does.

My question is, can I use that one webcam with several programs simultaniously in Ubuntu natively, or is seperate software necessary to make the video from the webcam available to multiple programs.

The windows software I am talking about it this:http://www.splitcamera.com/


This appearantly does the same thing: http://www.manycam.com/

So does this: http://very-soft.com/

sabotuer99
August 27th, 2009, 10:14 PM
I have a logitech pro 9000 and it seems only one app at a time can access /dev/video0.

When I have luvcview going, skype's video test window is just black. As soon as I turn off luvcview and try skype again it works fine.

That's what I was wondering about. Is there software that will allow multiple programs to use the webcam? I wasn't able to find anything for linux systems (they are all windows).... maybe using windows within linux (not a linux user [yet] so not sure how that works exactly...)


UPDATE

I think I found something: http://webcamstudio.wiki.sourceforge.net/ (http://webcamstudio.wiki.sourceforge.net/)