FreeBSD webcam support: video4bsd

Hans Petter has been working hard recently on webcamd, making Linux webcam drivers work on FreeBSD.

Webcamd is a port of Video4Linux USB webcam drivers into userspace. It is a 500KiloByte daemon that enables use of hundreds of different USB based webcam devices under the FreeBSD-8/9 operating system. The webcam daemon is basically an application which is a port of Video4Linux USB webcam drivers into userspace on FreeBSD. The daemon currently depends on libc, pthreads, libusb and the VIDEO4BSD kernel module.

Webcamd is a small daemon that enables use of hundreds of different USB based webcam and DVB devices under the FreeBSD-8.0 and later operating system. The webcam daemon is basically an application which is a port of Video4Linux USB drivers into userspace on FreeBSD. The daemon currently depends on libc, pthreads, libusb and libcuse4bsd.

Licensing wise the webcamd is GPL’ed due to the external Video4Linux part which is GPL’ed, though some files inside the webcamd remains BSD licensed which allows for building similar BSD licensed daemons.

Check out his website for a step-by-step howto: video4bsd daemon. The software can also be installed from ports: /usr/ports/multimedia/webcamd

2 thoughts on “FreeBSD webcam support: video4bsd

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  2. Andrew0snake says:

    It’s nice. If would it will be enough testing and surely working without sawing…it will be a miracle)

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