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Traveler TV-6500 (Slide Scanner, USB)

I/O Slide Scanner, Traveler, Webcam

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The Traveler TV-6500 is a slide scanner, which is connected via USB. The device has the USB ID 0ac8:3370

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0ac8:3370 Z-Star Microelectronics Corp.

and is automatically recognized und initialized by the Linux kernel:

usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
USB Video Class driver (1.1.1)
usb 2-1: new high speed USB device number 10 using ehci_hcd
usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0ac8, idProduct=3370
usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 2-1: Product: 338 Camera
usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Vimicro Corp.
usb 2-1: SerialNumber: MI1320_SOC
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device 338 Camera (0ac8:3370)
input: 338 Camera as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-1/2-1:1.0/input/input17

As can be seen in this output, the slide scanner is recognized by the kernel as a webcam and not as a typical scanner. Therefore, the kernel module uvcvideo is loaded, which supports the webcam inside the Traveler TV-6500. As a consequence, pictures of the slides can not be taken with a scan program (e.g., xsane) but have to be taken with a webcam program (e.g., cheese) and screenshots have to be taken with the webcam software..

Cheese can be installed under Ubuntu by:

sudo apt-get install cheese

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One response to “Traveler TV-6500 (Slide Scanner, USB)”

  • marvin says:

    You cannot change imaging mode on this device. I can only scan film negatives and not dia slides. The color information with slides is just lost. Image quality isn’t great. Getting raw data from the sensor would be great, but seems impossible. Linux support is none existent from the manufacturer.

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