Joy in every success, frustration in failures, but always an opportunity
to learn! and many thanks to all of you who have continually helped me
solve the little configuration problems that come up as I get my system
started and complete the windows migration!
So, here I am now with skype and a camera and a microphone.
My microphone is a simple plug in, line input.
My camera is an a4tech pk-720mj usb 2.0 camera. I plugged it in and
didn't really know what to do. Searched the internet, found a suggestion
- download a webcam program and see if it works! So I went to Yast,
found 2 packages, wxcam, and webkam. I got both of them. When I open up
the program, wxcam has a very good clear image (yea! :) ) Webkam says it
cannot find the device (aw :( ). The GUI for webkam does not allow me to
select a device - it just says no device found.
So using wxcam, I took a test video recording. It records movement fine,
but it does not record sound. Yet my camera has sound with it.
I opened audacity and set it to look to the usb pc camera (a box next to
the microphone) for the input, and it records sound very clearly. The
camera is about 2 feet in front of me, so the microphone is of good
quality to pick me up well from there.
I installed and set up skype. The chat feature works. I tried to get it
to use the camera as the sound input, but it will only take the plug-in
microphone. It says that pulse audio is managing my sound, so I
downloaded pulse audio manager in yast, but I don't know what to do with it.
I tested the skype video also. My video is really really dark, but not
totally black. It is dark when using skype, but on wxcam, it has a good,
clear, bright video.
Ok, I know I haven't given a ton of technical specs, only general
things. I am wanting to figure out how to:
1 - get skype to be able to use the microphone from the webcam
2 - get the skype video to be bright and clear like it is on wxcam
3 - get wxcam to record both video and audio instead of only video
4 - if there is a better program for managing audio and video input
devices, to know what that is and how to use it. It can be gui or
command line, as long as I can figure out where to look up the
information on how to use the program.
I know that my pc is running pulseaudio, but I am not sure how to get
the best information. The pulseaudio manager lists under the 'devices'
tab the soundcard on the motherboard
(alsa_input.pci-0000_00_05.0.analog-stereo), and the a4tech pc camera.
Beyond that I don't know what else to put here.
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