Skype and VLC cannot use v4l2loopback video device

I'm playing around with using DSLR cameras as webcams with gphoto (CLI to cameras over USB) and v4l2loopback (dummy video devices), which works with OBS but neither Skype nor VLC which will either show a black image or fail with an error message. Running VLC in verbose mode and digging a bit around showed that … Continue reading Skype and VLC cannot use v4l2loopback video device

Higher frame rate with Microsoft LifeCam and Linux

The Microsoft LifeCam is a versatile USB Webcam family which is supported well in Ubuntu Linux. Unfortunately it records HD videos only at low fps, but there is a workaround to get high resolution with 30 fps. Install guvcviewOpen guvcview, switch to the Video Controls tab and pick the LifeCamSelect 30/1 fps in the Frame … Continue reading Higher frame rate with Microsoft LifeCam and Linux

Nautilus browsing large windows share is slow

When browsing large windows (samba) shares with Ubuntu Nautilus (that's the equivalent of the Windows File Explorer) I observed that shares which include many files and directories (a few hundred) take a few seconds to browse over WiFi, but almost instantly display over a fast LAN. A similar difference in speed is noticeable when searching … Continue reading Nautilus browsing large windows share is slow