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how can i use the webcam

Postby nonsense on Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:22 pm

OK, drivers are in place, webcam is powered up...what's next? Is there a program that would allow me to record with the cam? I used to record lectures and stuff with vista but I am kinda lost right now as I have no idea how to even use the cam in linux.
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby ginjabunny on Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:33 pm

not tried it yet but with the latest ubuntu came a new webcam program called "cheese", you can install it using synaptic package manager
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby erginemr on Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:09 pm

Provided that your webcam is recognized in Mint, you can also install and try "camorama":
http://camorama.fixedgear.org/about.php

It is in the repositories.
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby atlef on Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:20 am

There is also Cheese which can record and take pictures.

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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby MagnusB on Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:19 pm

Different webcams works with different softwares. If it doesn't work with camorama try cheese, and vice versa. There are even more, can't remember the names right now...
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby Linux n00b on Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:30 am

I tried cheese, it works with my webcam, however, it is very slow. It looks like I got 3 fps, instead of 30 fps under Vista. Can someone suggest a better package?
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby atlef on Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:58 am

luvcview is also a program to try.

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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby Linux n00b on Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:46 am

I have tried a few different program, and cheese is the only one that detect my webcam. it is built on top of the LCD display, I believe it is still using USB bus. However, for strange reason, only IM (eg. aMSN) and cheese can "see" the webcam.

I guess I have to hope the next cheese release can be better. right now there are number of problems with it, including:

1. out of sudden, the display from cheese changed to complete rubbish.
2. cheese freeze up, had to "kill" it.
3. similar to #1, but half the display got trashed.
4. really low FPS.

aMSN seems good so far.
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Re: how can i use the webcam

Postby atlef on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:10 pm

Well, Cheese freezes on me too, so it seems to be to "new" and needs more development. But luvcview works fine. Also Kopete works fine for me and so does Skype. But it all depends on which cam you have.

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