I started with a fresh OS with nothing special at all. I did however install ffmpeg since I am going to convert video so you can either skip that section below or go ahead and install it anyways. We use it a lot and I know that it always comes in handy down the line :-)
Before I begin to install ffmpeg I suggest you install some DV codecs and get thing setup. I needed some libraries for DV to ingest I ran the following command:
Then you need to tell ubuntu 8.10 to load the video module when booting.
apt-get install libdv-bin
Add in the "video1394" to the bottom of the list, here is a complete dump of my file.
It is recommended that you reboot so that the system will load everything properly. Once it reboots you can then test out the capture by typing this command:
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time. # # This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded # at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored. fuse lp sbp2 video1394
If everything went well you can then press play on the video camera and it should write a DV file to the folder you typed the command. If you want to convert the video now just use ffmpeg (there are instructions on our site.)
dvconnect -v myvideo.dv