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Is it possible to capture a USB audio/video stream from a Sony Handycam DCR HC30E/S on Linux?

All solutions I've seen so far advertise FireWire, e.g. this Ubuntu forums thread.

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Your camera's got a FireWire interface (i.LINK). I think getting a FireWire interface might be easier. – KovBal Jul 21 '09 at 8:13

Try Kino. Should be in your linux's distro.

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i use my webcam with .. mencoder / mplayer:

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If your interest is for monitoring for surveillance purposes, I suggestion Motion. Nice package that can be configured to detect motion and save the video to disk each time it detects it. Has a lot to offer for monitoring, and runs as a daemon with no graphical interface, will also take stills.

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I think its impossible. This camera is using USB only for access to photos from memory stick no video.

New HD camcorders allow "capture" video using USB but not streaming, because the are detected as USB storage device (like pendrive or usb disk).

So streaming is only possible with firewire or usb webcam.

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Thanks for the answer. Actually I do video streaming using Windows with this camera, so I know for a fact that it works. – Robert Munteanu Nov 6 '09 at 13:36
You have a lot of luck, because it is rare option. So You need driver (unfortunately I'm not sure if any exists), and then your will be able to access your cam from /dev/videoX, with any Video4Linux compatible program. – Maciek Sawicki Nov 6 '09 at 17:28

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