My external hard drive firewire devices “just work” with openSUSE-11.1. I plug them in and I get a popup. … Sorry that I can’t offer more help re: your firewire camcorder … maybe someone who has such a device working with openSUSE-11.1 can offer up their experience.
I have a camcorder connected via firewire also. I am not expert on this. I just use it to play with some of my family event’s video. There is nothing special to configure here it just work. I use kino and kdenlive to access my camcorder.
If you will try the kdenlive from the packman repo use the ffmpeg svn version this is the one that works on my kdenlive installation. There are two versions of it and you can choose it using the version section in yast2 sofware management.
I still can’t it to work with openSuSE 11.1. So I install openSuSE 11.2 from scratch this time. Still it doesn’t work. I searched the web for answers and tried what I can find. I loaded raw1394, dv1394 and video1394 and here is my udev rules (as copied from vlc web site)
you are going to have to search for yourself; the experience of others is firewire works; so no-one else has had to search all this; our first install with firewire was Suse 9.3 and we are still using a 9.3partition as we still use MainActor;
so sorry; you need to be sure of your hardware; is there a local LUG (linux users group) near you: sounds very hardware-related; you need to try gear out with others
To be certain of the hardware, I toke it out and install it on a Windows XP machine. It works perfectly and I can capture the DV video without any problem.
I tried out another firewire card (bought from Pinnacle Studio 8 a long time ago) taken out from the XP machine and plug it into the openSuSE 11.2 machine. As soon as I turn on the DV camcorder, the system log is filled with “SelfID received but NodeID invalid” messages until I turn off the camcorder.
Searched the web for this particular message but none of them is really useful.
It is really frustrated that linux (not just openSuSE) doesn’t really say what exactly the problem is.
I searched the web that there is new firewire stack out there. Guess I have to wait until the next openSuSE with the new firewire stack.
thank you for clarifying the hardware; sorry to hear you are stuck like this; sometimes I feel you have to get an application working, rather than be “loyal” to a distro; what about trying … say … a fedora 12 and see if you have any joy?
You could also write a bug report on openSUSE on this. This will increase the probability that it is fixed in a subsequent openSUSE release, and may even result in a fix to the current openSUSE release. There is guidance for writing such a bug report here: Submitting Bug Reports - openSUSE
… please note the bug will likely only be fixed if you support the developers (who reply to the bug report) providing them information that they may request from time to time. After you provide them the information, you need to reset the flag in the bug report from “need info” to “new”.