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When I use skype the video looks really dark (both to me and the other person). But it doesn't seem to be a problem with the webcam itself, because with Cheese the image looks fine.

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i would look into color correction options within skype. i know cheese automagically adjusts for light on my box –  hbdgaf Nov 8 '10 at 5:37
    
I agree, skype is pretty inflexible. Does the same problem happen with video chat in Empathy? –  Martin Owens -doctormo- Nov 8 '10 at 8:57

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I had the same problem. Try this, it works on Ubuntu 10.10 64bit and I think it'll work on your computer too :)

http://severity1.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/fixing-skype-webcam-is-very-dark-problem-in-ubuntu-karmic-and-lucid/

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Please include details from the link. –  hexafraction Sep 22 '12 at 21:19

This may be a bit of a hassle but Webcam Studio is an amazing piece of software that will allow you to stream multiple video inputs (your webcam, with color correction and effects) to a virtual device that you can use within skype. You can get it/investigate here http://www.ws4gl.org/

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luvcview

type it in the console and configure your webcam from there. At the end press F1 to save the changes.

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with skype 4 it seams, changes are no longer in sync between skype and luvcview –  arved Jul 29 '12 at 15:17

I had this problem for a long time. Nothing (including Cheese, luvcview) worked and I almost gave up on using Linux Skype. I came across the following and the rest is history.

My Skype webcam is now very nice.

http://www.ubunturoot.com/2010/05/how-to-fix-webcam-problem-in-skype.html

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eric Carvalho May 19 '13 at 23:38

v4l2ucp package contains a video-settings GUI. You can use it to alter the skype video settings during a video call (run v4l2ucp).

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