This page is for things related to using the Winnov [ http:/www.winnov.com/ ] Videum line of video capture cards on the Linux operating system. In particular, Video for Linux Two drivers for Videum cards (and Philips EasyVideo).
There are two video capture drivers, one for the ISA and PCI cards, and another driver for the PCMCIA Videum Traveler camera. The Traveler driver is available at another site. See below.
There is an audio capture and playback driver that works with the PCI cards, and some ISA cards.
These video capture drivers use the Video for Linux Two [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/v4l2.htm
] API. To use a V4L2 driver you will first need the V4L2 videodev.tgz file. The
contents of this file are necessary to compile and load a Winnov driver, so get
it and follow the instructions to build and install videodev.o, the V4L2 base module.
(V4L2 is not in the standard kernel.)
If you would like to use the drivers, download by clicking on a link below. I
suggest taking a peek at the readme [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnvreadme.txt
] file before downloading. Remember to get the latest Video for Linux Two
[ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/v4l2.htm ] source code too (it's a small file).
A few small programs that work with the driver are also available at that site.
|Current V4L2 Videum ISA/PCI driver||wnv19990923.tgz [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnv19990923.tgz ]||1999-09-23 (47KB)|
|Previous V4L2 driver||wnv19990907.tgz [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnv19990907.tgz ]||1999-09-07 (46KB)|
|Previous V4L2 driver||wnv19990827.tgz [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnv19990827.tgz ]||1999-08-27 (46KB)|
|Current Videum PCI AV audio driver||wnvaud19990921.tgz [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnvaud19990921.tgz ]||1999-09-21 (10KB)|
|Previous audio driver||wnvaud19990908.tgz [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnvaud19990908.tgz ]||1999-09-08 (10KB)|
|I am keeping a log of daily progress [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnv.txt ] during development.|
Notice: As of the 19990804 version, the video capture driver has been split into two modules-- wnv and wnvvid. The wnv module is now just the core board detection and device I/O functions, and wnvvid is the V4L2 driver. If you had previously installed the driver, you will have to edit your drivers/char/Makefile and /etc/conf.modules files. See the readme [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/wnvreadme.txt ] file.
Brief Install Instructions
Download videodev*.tgz from here [ http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/v4l2.htm
Download wnvaud*.tgz (if you want audio support)
Unpack videodev*.tgz in /usr/src/linux
Unpack wnv*.tgz in /usr/src/linux/drivers/char
Unpack wnvaud*.tgz in /usr/src/linux/drivers/sound (if you want audio)
Edit your kernel configuration if needed to enable Video for Linux as a module.
Edit the makefiles in /usr/src/linux/drivers/char and ../sound as needed.
Build modules and kernel if needed.
Edit /etc/conf.modules to configure the module parameters and enable automatic module loading.
Make the /dev/... device nodes.
See the readme files in the packages for the details.
Note that I developed this driver myself. Winnov did not develop it, and they do not know anything about it, except that it exists. Winnov helped me with this project by providing me with Videum cards, and some driver source and technical assistance.
If you have problems, questions, comments, post to the winnov.public.unix newsgroup,
or email me at email@example.com or post to the video4linux mailing list [ firstname.lastname@example.org
]. How to access the Winnov public newsgroups [ http:/www.winnov.com/support_newsgroups.htm
]. When emailing me, it is convenient for me if you put "winnov" in the subject.
Drivers for the PCMCIA Videum Traveler
This driver is based on my ISA/PCI card driver, but was developed at the University of Michigan. It is maintained by Jim Zajkowski and Brian Noble. See their page at
Copyright 1999 http:/millennium.diads.com/bdirks/winnov.htm