Create timelapse on Linux

In preparation to create a timelapse of my modeling work, I had to figure out a way how to record it on Linux. It turns out that it is not that complicated and is comprised of the steps:

  1. The periodical screenshots
  2. Compile the images into a movie

The solution I found works for me on a Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), but I see no reason, why it should not work for any other Linux distribution.

All this I figured out with the help of Kvisle’s Post on this issue.

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Integrate antique scanner in Ubuntu

Because I started artwork with blender it became necessary to use my scanner. It is an antiquated piece of hardware  (from the last millennium 1999). Up until now I did not use it very often, because I used a better scanner at the office. Or I started up Windows where it is working.

So basically scanning in Linux works out of the box if sane is installed, unless…

Starting up xsane from the menu I got an error message that did not tell me or anybody else anything. Something along the line device could not be initialized snapscan:libusb:006:002. Therefore I tried the same on the console in the hope to gain more information and I was successful:

[snapscan] Cannot open firmware file /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin.
[snapscan] Edit the firmware file entry in snapscan.conf.

With this message I searched the web and found Martin Meyerspeer had the same problem with another device. The basic is that you need a binary firmware file that is referenced. The file can be found on the accompanying driver CD. If your are lucky you did not throw it out already.  In my case it was simple because the firmware files were not packed in an archive. There were however several of them. The SnapScan homepage helped me out locating the correct on. The rest is just following Martins description.

Router configuration with Linux

Most routers must be configured before usage. Unfortunately the manual describes the procedures only for Windows and sometimes for Mac OS. The configuration is often don through a web front end of the router. Often these are easily reached. Some products however are protected more strongly (Wireless router and access points). Here the access is only allowed from one IP address, which is not likely to be distributed by the DHCP. Therefore the IP of the network interface has to be changed to be able to connect to the web front end.
This command does the trick (changes the IP to 192.168.0.3):

ifconfig wlan0 192.168.0.3 netmask 255.255.255.0 up

Create images from Webcam images

It is just a pain in the ass if you cannot get any work done because you have to constantly check if the image of a webcam has changed. Therefore I wrote a shell script that downloads the webcam images and puts them together as a video.
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