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Webcam with processing

by Colin on June 12th, 2009

So apparently bringing a webcam into processing is not as easy as I thought.

I run Windows Vista at home and Mac OS X at work so I tested at both places. I feel slightly retarded for not seeing this before, but this is on the processing docs page:

Because Apple only supports QuickTime on Mac OS and Windows, other platforms (such as Linux) are not able to use the video library.

You also need video driver software for translating from the proprietary format of your video source into commonly used video functions. You can get this software from the makers of the video hardware.

If you are using a Windows operating system, you will also need a video driver that translates from your hardware to the video functions used by QuickTime. This software may be included in the software provided by the maker of your hardware, or you can download the software. Search for "vdig" using an online search engine to find the software. There's more information about this below...

I finally got the webcam running in both locations today, so later on when I get a chance I plan on converting my AS3 motion detection class to processing. I plan on trying to implement Z space into this project and maybe exaggerating that depth through audio wavelengths... More to come!

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