Resources for “GNU Motion: Your Eye in the Sky for Computer Room Surveillance”

GNU Motion Web Site and Mailing List: motion.sourceforge.net

ffmpeg: ffmpeg.sourceforge.net

Axis: www.axis.com

Motion Guide: www.lavresen.dk/sources/netcam

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Motion resources

Kenneth Lavrsen's picture

Great to see our project getting nice reviews.

I wonder where the URL for the Motion Guide comes from. Both the host name and path is wrong. But the Sourceforge link is right though the Sourceforge site is now only used for hosting the download files.

And as some has noted Motion is called Motion and its only connection to GNU is that we release Motion under the popular General Public License that FSF has been so kind to make available to anyone doing free and open sourced software.

I see that people ask support questions here.
You should come to the Motion wiki where we are ready to help.
http://www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome

This is where we track bugs, support requests, patches, and the massive Motion Guide is also hosted here.

You will also find a link to the mailing list. We claim to be the friendliest mailing list on the Internet. We do not eat newbies for breakfast. And we are now more than 620 on the list that can help. But please read the Motion Guide and FAQ first before you ask questions.

Motion is a very active open source project and the wiki and mailing list is full of both progress and crazy ideas.

The purpose of Motion is to have fun and catch some burglars like this fellow that was caught by a camera/computer running Motion. Link is to a new story on BBC. Wonderful story.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4276851.stm

Kenneth Lavrsen
Managing the Motion project.

Debian-specific help?

simms's picture

hi there -- great article.

could someone please post detailed instructions for the motion+ffmpeg setup for a Debian-specific environment?
i tried building ffmpeg 0.4.8 on my spankin' up-to-date sarge box, and it simply *doesn't make* any file called 'libavcodec.so'... :(

the lack of coherent documentation for ffmpeg doesn't make this any simpler.. below are the results of my 'make install' during the ffmpeg build -- i notice that it says 'nothing to be done for libavcodec', but i'm really confused as to what that means..

cortex:~/ffmpeg-0.4.8# make install
make -C libavcodec all
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavcodec'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavcodec'
make -C libavformat all
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavformat'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavformat'
make -C vhook all
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/vhook'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/vhook'
if [ -f /root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/doc/ffmpeg.1 ] ; then \
install -d /usr/local/man/man1 ; \
install -m 644 /root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/doc/ffmpeg.1 /root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/doc/ffplay.1 \
/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/doc/ffserver.1 /usr/local/man/man1 ; \
fi
make -C vhook install INSTDIR=/usr/local/lib/vhook
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/vhook'
install -s -m 755 null.so fish.so /usr/local/lib/vhook
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/vhook'
make -C libavcodec install
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavcodec'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `install'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavcodec'
make -C libavformat install
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavformat'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `install'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ffmpeg-0.4.8/libavformat'
install -d "/usr/local/bin"
install -c -s -m 755 ffmpeg ffserver "/usr/local/bin"

please help!

Incorrect url

Wolf Bergenheim's picture

The url to the Motion Guide can be found here: www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion/MotionGuide.

And the site has moved to a TWiki: www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion

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