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This says to use /dev/dsp as the audio input. But I don't have a /dev/dsp I can find my webcam's mic in /dev/snd as /dev/snd/by-id/usb-Dynex_Dynex_1.3MP_Webcam-02

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The /dev/dsp device comes from the old Open Sound System drivers, which are deprecated these days. The devices you've listed support the newer ALSA API, so can't be used with ffmpeg's oss decoder.

Instead follow the instructions in the other question, but modify the command to:

ffmpeg -f alsa -i $ALSA_DEVICE_NAME ...

Where $ALSA_DEVICE_NAME is the device name displayed by arecord -L that corresponds to your webcam. It will likely list a few options for the webcam, but picking the one starting with hw: or plughw: should be fine.

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Thank you! You're exactly correct. For the record (since good ffmpeg recipes are nice to stumble across), here's me recording a ten second video-audio clip from my webcam: ffmpeg -f alsa -i "plughw:CARD=Webcam,DEV=0" -f video4linux2 -vcodec mjpeg -s 640x480 -i "/dev/video0" -y -t 10 -sameq "/tmp/test.mp4" – John Baber-Lucero Apr 8 '12 at 4:08

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