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    Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Hi,

    I have a Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit/MP webcam that works fine under Cheese, Camorama, Skype and aMSN. The camera has functionality for panning and tilting (and I think, Zooming). It's not a software function, it is actually stepper motors that pan and tilt the lens. I think the Zooming is virtual though I can't be sure as it's a long time since I attached the camera to a Windows machine to check it out.

    So... is there an application that supports pan/tilt for this camera? Or maybe a set of controls that allow it to pan/tilt whilst in a skype conversation etc.?

    I've searched for this functionality and it seems to be supported in a driver (UVC ?) via some libraries, but I can't find an application that includes buttons to pan/tilt the camera.

    Any ideas?

    (Ubuntu 9.10)

    Thanks as always in advance.

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    I have one as well - it's been awhile, but last time I used it, I believe that using setpwc from the command line allows pan/tilt to work.

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    cool - setpwc allows me to pan, though the tilt doesn't seem to work (setpwc -x 1000).

    But when I try and use it while the cam is in use by another application I get a "device or resource busy" message.

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    I finally found a thread the sent me to the fix. I have ALL controls for my Orbit MP

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1286852

    Most important stuff on this page.

    http://guvcview.berlios.de/index.html

    Using GTK + UVC

    Got to the guvciew page above and follow the instructions there. If you get stuck post back here. Hope this helps !!!
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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Thanks for the links, looks a good solution...but it didn't work I'm afraid.

    When I launch guvcview I get an error dialog:
    Code:
    Guvcview error:
    
    Unable to start with minimum setup
    
    Please reconnect your camera
    Console output:
    Code:
    abc@xyz:~$ guvcview 
    guvcview 1.1.1
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    video device: /dev/video0 
    /dev/video0 - device 1
    Init. Logitech QuickCam Orbit (location: usb-0000:00:10.4-1.4)
    { pixelformat = 'PWC2', description = 'Raw Philips Webcam' }
       { not supported - request format(843274064) support at http://guvcview.berlios.de }
    { pixelformat = 'YU12', description = '4:2:0, planar, Y-Cb-Cr' }
    { discrete: width = 160, height = 120 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 
    { discrete: width = 320, height = 240 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 
    { discrete: width = 640, height = 480 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 
    checking format: 1196444237
    Format unavailable: 1196444237.
    Init v4L2 failed !! 
    Init video returned -2
    trying minimum setup ...
    video device: /dev/video0 
    /dev/video0 - device 1
    Init. Logitech QuickCam Orbit (location: usb-0000:00:10.4-1.4)
    { pixelformat = 'PWC2', description = 'Raw Philips Webcam' }
       { not supported - request format(843274064) support at http://guvcview.berlios.de }
    { pixelformat = 'YU12', description = '4:2:0, planar, Y-Cb-Cr' }
    { discrete: width = 160, height = 120 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 
    { discrete: width = 320, height = 240 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 
    { discrete: width = 640, height = 480 }
    	Time interval between frame: 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 
    checking format: 842093913
    Requested Format unavailable: get width 160 height 480 
    Unable to set 5 fps
    VIDIOC_S_PARM error: Invalid argument
    VIDIOC_QUERYBUF - Unable to query buffer: Invalid argument
    Init v4L2 failed !! 
    ERROR: Minimum Setup Failed.
     Exiting...
    Terminated.
    abc@xyz:~$
    any ideas?

    thanks again

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    A little more - once I have tried running guvcview, both camorama or cheese are unable to detect the camera until I've rebooted. Disconnecting and reconnecting the USB cable doesn't appear to help either.

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Did you install lbwebcam ?


    Also I noted that I need to run guvcview with gksudo. Once you have done that it doesn't need to be launch administratively.
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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Hi,

    Yes - I have installed libwebcam by following the instructions here:

    http://snipplr.com/view/19847/instal...am-ubuntu-910/

    The output from the final command there was:
    Code:
    xyz@abc:~$uvcdynctrl -c
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 user control ID encountered: 0x0098090E (V4L2_CID_USER_BASE + 14)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 user control ID encountered: 0x0098090F (V4L2_CID_USER_BASE + 15)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 user control ID encountered: 0x00980912 (V4L2_CID_USER_BASE + 18)
    [libwebcam] Warning: Unsupported V4L2 control type encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000000, name = 'Save User Settings', type = 4
    [libwebcam] Invalid or unsupported custom V4L2 control encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000000, name = 'Save User Settings'
    [libwebcam] Warning: Unsupported V4L2 control type encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000001, name = 'Restore User Settings', type = 4
    [libwebcam] Invalid or unsupported custom V4L2 control encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000001, name = 'Restore User Settings'
    [libwebcam] Warning: Unsupported V4L2 control type encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000002, name = 'Restore Factory Settings', type = 4
    [libwebcam] Invalid or unsupported custom V4L2 control encountered: ctrl_id = 0x08000002, name = 'Restore Factory Settings'
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000003 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 3)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000004 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 4)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000005 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 5)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000006 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 6)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000007 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 7)
    [libwebcam] Unknown V4L2 private control ID encountered: 0x08000008 (V4L2_CID_PRIVATE_BASE + 8)
    Listing available controls for device video0:
      Noise reduction
      Flickerless
      Backlight compensation
      Contour
      Auto contour
      Colour mode
      Gain Level
      Auto Gain Enabled
      Shutter Speed (Exposure)
      Gamma
      Blue Gain
      Red Gain
      Auto White Balance
      Saturation
      Contrast
      Brightness
    xyz@abc:~$
    Running guvcview with gksudo (and with sudo) didn't seem to make a difference - I received the same error dialog.
    Last edited by potatan; November 13th, 2009 at 08:15 AM.

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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Ahh yes ! I remember fist fighting with this a little. Did your make and install go correctly ?

    Here is a post with a little more detail on libwebcam

    http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/inde...t-1093987.html
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    Re: Logitech Quickcam Sphere/Orbit pan and tilt functionality?

    Yes, the compile worked okay but I had to install "cmake" at step 10. Other than that no problems, apart from the output from the final test command.

    Okay, I'll give those other instructions a go.

    Cheers

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