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educateme
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how to record a video from your webcam

Postby educateme » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:05 pm

I like to be the bringer of good news. I finally managed to record a video of myself. Cheese, for some reason, can't record videos on my computer. Ekiga make my camera work. I find something that does.

Open up a terminal and type sudo apt-get install mencoder.

Then, type:

mencoder tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=60:height=40:fps=60:device=/dev/video0 -nosound -ovc
lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mjpeg -o test.avi

This will save an avi in your personal folder. Open it up with xine (sudo apt-get install xine) and you're in business!

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Re: how to record a video from your webcam

Postby educateme » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:10 pm

Of course, I realize that most of the people on this forum already know this stuff. I just want to share it with people who need something elementary to show them how it's done.

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Re: how to record a video from your webcam

Postby educateme » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:40 pm

I've discovered that any problem I run into usually involves a missing package. So, I open up synaptic and install a bunch of packages (particularly the ones with v4l2 in their names) and now ekiga can see my webcam.

Also, I read that cheese is based on gnome-media so I did apt-get install gnome-media and cheese is working better.


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