I love how Regensburg’s Jahninsel brings all kinds of people together. But why never gothy gauntlet throwers down and Dark Lords of the Sith at the same time? Seems like a match made on Alderaan.
- 0c45:613c Microdia PC Camera (SN9C120)
to mostly no avail. I kept finding hits and solution suggestions for older operating systems, or newer cameras. But I pressed on, because I knew this camera was working with applications like the aptly named Cheese (whence the image in this post came), Kopete, and even Google+ Hangouts seemed to work just fine with this cheapo camera (well, aside from its cheapo image quality, that is).
Sooner or later along the way, I hit upon this post by Hitesh Sarda which gave me a hint about starting Skype by setting some environment variables. I tried what he suggested, and that didn’t work for me. But I noticed that in the same folder as the shared object he mentioned, there was another one available.
ov511-decomp ov518-decomp v4l1compat.so v4l2convert.so
And that v4l2convert.so shared object file does something to make my camera work with Skype. So with a simple shell script, I can start Skype and get the video working:
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
I suppose most people would have simply upgraded to a newer/better webcam…but not me. Skype needs to catch up with other software companies supporting more varied hardware via open-source platforms out of the box, otherwise they’re going to end up just like Microsoft Internet Explo — oh…uh, never mind.