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I have a logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 connected to my ubuntu desktop and it works fine with Skype.

However, Skype inputs and sends my video at the native (for the webcam I think) resolution of 1600 x 1200. I can confirm that the camera supports a wide variety of resolutions starting from 160 x 120 upto 1600 x 1200 (including e.g., 320 x 240, 352 x 288) using cheese. I can select these resolutions and see the output is appropriately scaled.

Also, I don't see any improvements in smoothness of motion in the captured video so I suspect the original 1600 x 1200 is scaled down in the path somewhere.

Is it possible to somehow to enable this scaling capability towards Skype?

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There should be a skype configuration file in your home directory:

~/.Skype/YourUserName/config.xml

(Replace YourUserName with your skype user name). Open this file with a text editor, search for the <Video> tag and try to edit it match your preferred resolution:

<Video>
<CaptureHeight>240</CaptureHeight>
<CaptureWidth>320</CaptureWidth>
</Video>
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IIRC I had tried this based on a post in forums or help.ubuntu.com, and this didn't work. However, I will try this again shortly. –  koushik Nov 9 '10 at 16:39
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There is no Video tag, so more information on the full path to the tag would be helpful. Using 2.2.0.35. –  Lennart Regebro Dec 26 '11 at 19:22

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