At Rob's request I've added the following features to the camera code.
The camera server, which can be started on Ottavia by just typing pserv1 (for camera 1) or pserv2 (for camera 2), now has the ability to save individual jpeg snap shots, as well as taking a jpeg image every X seconds, as defined by the user.
The first text box is for the file name (i.e. ./default.jpg will save the file to the local directory and call it default.jpg). If the camera is running (i.e. you've pressed start), prsessing "Take Snapshot to" will take an image immediately and save it. If the camera is not running, it will take an image as soon as you do start it.
If you press "Start image capture every X seconds", it will do exactly that. The file name is the same as for the first button, but it appends a time stamp to the end of the file.
There is also a viedo recording client now. This is access by typing "pcam1-mov" or "pcam2-mov". The text box is for setting the file name. It is currently using the open source Theora encoder and Ogg format (.ogm). Totem is capable of reading this format (and I also believe vlc). This can be run on any of the Linux machines.
The viewing client is still accessed by "pcam1" or "pcam2".
I'll try rolling out these updates to the sites on Monday.
The configuration files for camera 1 and camera 2 can be found by typing in camera (which is aliased to cd /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/python/pcamera) and are called pcam1.ini, pcam2.ini, etc.