Kino and DV 1394 in Ubuntu Hardy

Kino is one of the best video editing software available under Linux. Nothing fancy like Adobe Premiere but it does the job. It is easy to use and you can edit and trim your video pretty well and in short time. There are better choice available if you are a promising director but in that case you where not reading this.

Let’s say that you have installed Kino in Hardy from the repository using Add/Remove or just type in the console:

$> sudo apt-get install kino

See how easy is to install software in Linux, who said that Mac or Window$ is easier ?

Now, you want to control your camera and capture that video of your honey moon or your mother-in-law falling down the stairs. Connect your camcorder to your PC with the DV1394 cable.

Open Kino and press the capture button on the right. Kino will tell you that cannot access the /dev/raw1394 in read/write and nothing happen. Kino developer decided to use the raw1394 device even if there are better alternative that can work out of the box. This is not my business but this will force the user to open the console and Windows fan are starting to smile now.

For security reason Ubuntu will set the /dev/raw1394 accessible only to root user and disk group. This is a reasonable decision because if a bad guy can access the raw1394, he can control all your hardware. But let’s say that is hardly to happen in a Desktop PC, so there is no arm to give also to other user the rw access.

Open the console and type:

$>ls /dev/raw1394 -l

$> crw-rw—- 1 root disk 171, 0 2008-06-24 23:58 /dev/raw1394

Now just change the permission to rw to everybody:

$>sudo chmod 666 /dev/raw1394

$>ls /dev/raw1394 -l

$> crw-rw-rw- 1 root disk 171, 0 2008-06-24 23:58 /dev/raw1394

That’s it, not that bad also for a nob. Next time you start Kino, your camera will work like a charm!


14 Responses to Kino and DV 1394 in Ubuntu Hardy

  1. Chief says:


    It would be better when you just add the user who is going to use the firewire device to the disk group. So it remains only accessible to the root and the one user 🙂

    I also think when you restart your machine the permission will be set back to 660


  2. koenig says:

    Agree 100% on your suggestion otherwise you have to change the permission every time.

  3. Filmore says:

    That’s a bad idea… Giving RW access to all on a device is begging for trouble. IMHO it’s better to run Kino as root (sudo kino) or change the group on the device to ‘video’ (making sure you’re in the video) and give write permissions to group

  4. Frank D. says:

    Note that if you don’t even have a raw1394, you need to follow these directions (and reboot) to start the device:

  5. onan says:

    kino is not being developed anymore (it’s been 2 years already), it never achieved expected usability and is still quite buggy and is getting more and more outdated.

    kino in hardy is especially outdated and filled with annoying bugs, I’d rather use kdenlive.

  6. Marinkina says:

    Пора переименовать блог, присвоив название связанное с доменами 🙂 может хватит про них?

  7. Cederash says:

    Как по мне – тема раскрыта четко, спасибо за пост!

  8. Ferinannnd says:

    Даа… Достаточно спорно, поспорил бы с автором…

  9. Avertedd says:

    красиво, сделал! Благодарю!!!

  10. Niiize says:

    Well I tried this but it still says Warning: raw1394 kernel module not loaded, or read/write error for raw1394

    Have also tried running Kino as superuser with the same error.


  11. Гарри says:

    Да, инет – огромен, если и такое даже можно найти 😉

  12. visionary says:

    After fighting a war for 4 days, finally i managed to solve this problem in Ubuntu…

    The cause: Ubuntu has actually blacklist firewire-ohci
    The solution: edit with sudo (admin) rights this file


    Anything without # means it has been blacklisted.
    If you realised that firewire-ohci has been blacklisted, simply add # infront so that i looks as #blacklist firewire-ohci

    Save the file, reboot and start Kino with sudo rights.
    Click on capture and all should work fine now

    Good luck!


  13. RexRobinson says:

    Hundreds of millions of USB flash drives are currently in operation around the world, with the vast majority not offering proper USB Protection

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