[ros-users] Problem compiling with camera1394 package.

Renato Samperio mintaka_alnitak at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 12 18:24:02 UTC 2010

Dear Jack,

Many thanks for your answers to both emails enquires. My apologise for late replying as I wanted to answer something reasonable to you and I can't work as much I would like on this interesting topic.

For answering your question about the current bumblebee2 node is not working for my camera is because it is using the previous version of camera1394 and the form of accessing features has changed. Also the current camera1394 is not able to deinterlace right and left images for the mode DC1394_VIDEO_MODE_1024x768_MONO16 or FORMAT7. Unfortunately, these are the available modes on the bumblebee2 camera I am using.

However and as you kindly suggested, I still can make use of some of the existant work on bumblebee node and the camera1394 driver for making my camera work. My application is not for a library API for IIDC camera but a driver that give me images.

It is my guess that I need to obtain raw ROS images on right and left topics.

Kind regards,


> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:52:34 -0500
> From: jack.oquin at gmail.com
> To: ros-users at code.ros.org
> Subject: Re: [ros-users] Problem compiling with camera1394 package.
> On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Renato Samperio
> <mintaka_alnitak at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Jack,
> >
> > I am planning to adequate the camera1394 driver to obtain images from
> > 1024x768_mono16 format in a Point Grey Bumblebee2 camera. I have tried to
> > use the current driver but with this format is not possible to obtain
> > images.
> >
> > In specific, I want to make a node from software provided by point grey by
> > using "dev_camera1394" functionality. I already made a node of the library
> > and examples provided by Point Grey, I need to make a ROS image and publish
> > appropriately.
> >
> > Unfortunately, the camera provides specific resolution or modes (at least
> > that is what I can see in Coriander) and I couldn't make use of current
> > bumblebee node neither.
> >
> > Do you have any suggestion?
> The first step is to understand the root causes of the problems you
> are experiencing.
> Do you know why the current bumblebee node does not work for you? What
> does it do (or not do)?
> The reason why camera1394 does not handle the BumbleBee is simple: it
> was not designed to do that. It could probably be modified to work
> with it, if necessary. Perhaps we could combine both nodes in some
> future release. But, I don't have access to a BumbleBee, so testing
> would be difficult.
> -- 
>  joq
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