uvcvideo is a kernel driver module meant to support any UVC compliant device. This Linux UVC device driver was included in the kernel as of 2.6.26. Due to resource limitations, the Linux UVC project (the sponsor of the uvcvideo driver) efforts focus particularly upon webcams compliant to the UVC specification.
The uvcvideo driver implementation is adherent only to the V4L2 API. This means applications which support V4L1 only will not work. V4L1 is officially deprecated, and have been removed from the kernel recently, so most drivers and applications have or will switch to V4L2 anyway.
- Linux UVC Project webpage - the project's goal is to provide all necessary software components to fully support UVC compliant devices in Linux (i.e. the uvcvideo kernel device driver and for user-space tools for UVC devices)