[PD] controlling a webcam?

Andrew Cavers andrew.cavers at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 18:40:16 CEST 2005

Hi Julieta, List.

I've never tried it myself, but the Logitech Quickcam Orbit might be
worth a look as a cheap and cheerful option. If you're using Linux,
the camera is well supported by the pwc driver (
http://www.saillard.org/linux/pwc/ ) and can be moved using the
program setpwc ( http://www.vanheusden.com/setpwc/ ) and therefore
from within PD with the [shell] object.  Search the archives of the
pwc list ( http://lists.saillard.org/pipermail/pwc/ ) for more
information on the Orbit.

If you're not using Linux, there are probably similar ways of
controlling the camera motors on other OS.

Controlling it over the internet is another issue...

Hope this helps,


Andrew Cavers
andy at mution.com

On 29/09/05, julieta Maria <barrambabella at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi, list! I have a question:  I have to be able to
> control a the movement of web cam through internet. I
> was thinking to attach it to a couple of motors and
> control them through a serial port via a stamp... I
> would try to control the stamp sending values from PD
> (via the serial port)... And somehow send these values
> to PD from a web interface... Is this possible and/or
> the best/easier way to do it? Can I use the netreceive
> object for this, and what kind of objects/ software
> should I use to send this kind of data over the
> internet, what info would I need for that? I am
> practically new to networking...
> Has anyone done something similar or could someone
> point in the right direction?
> Thanks a lot...

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