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Can I make the webcam take a picture when an incorrect password is entered?

I am using a laptop . I was thinking to have a support in my Ubuntu machine. When an incorrect password is entered, a picture is taken later revealing who has been trying to gain access. I have ...
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Virtualbox not seeing any usb devices in the usb filters settings

I was following this question but found a problem. Use my webcam with Ubuntu running in VirtualBox I used guvcview to test the camera, it works. I installed the 12.04 virtualbox release from their ...
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Take a picture from terminal

I want to be able to take a picture using the webcam from the terminal. This image then will be saved to a file. How can this be done?
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Anything better than Cheese for video capture?

I need to record some video from my webcam and while Cheese works, it lacks settings, and only outputs the webm format that is full of stutters, etc. Can't seem to find any alternative...
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Use webcam to sense lighting condition and adjust screen brightness

Is there a way to have my webcam sense lighting conditions and adjust screen brightness accordingly?
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How can I disable my webcam?

I have an integrated webcam in my laptop. I know that it works and that ubuntu recognized it because at installation it asked if I wanted a photo taken for some kind of image associated with my ...
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How to make a Stop Motion or Time-lapse video with webcam?

I have a webcam that works as a v4l2 device. What is the most convenient way to capture either a stop-motion or time-lapse video? N.B. stop-motion and time-lapse are related but conceptually ...
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how to create a duplicate of /dev/video0?

I have 1 webcam connected to my computer but I want to use it in multiple programs. The problem is when I launch a second program, it tells me the webcam is already used. The programs which will use ...
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Webcam Apps and ways of checking if Webcam is working

What software is available for using webcams or ways of checking if my webcam is working correctly after installing Ubuntu.
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Skype video not working after upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04

I used Skype with this command on Ubuntu 11.10: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype But since I upgraded to 12.04 it dosn't work and I can't use my video (Webcam). I have latest libv4l ...
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My webcam is not working with Google+ Hangout, can I make it work?

I just got an invitation for Google+, the video conference feature "hangout" is the first feature I checked out, and unfortunately the webcam is not working, the mic and speakers work ok. When I ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Skype webcam microphone not working

This is making me crazy. After upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, Skype 4.1.0.20 can't use my web cam microphone anymore. I can record correctly from the web cam microphone using the sound recorder the ...
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Integrated webcam not detected after update to 14.04

Yesterday I updated my Thinkpad T530 from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 (both x64). Since then the integrated webcam is not working anymore. I tried to use it with Skype and Google Hangouts, but it says that ...
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Use my webcam with Ubuntu running in VirtualBox

I have Ubuntu running in VirtualBox. How can I make my in-built laptop camera work with it.
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What webcam can I buy that works out of the box with Ubuntu?

I need to set up a video conference, yet I have no webcam. I'm looking to buy something that works out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04, and as many possible conferencing apps as possible. Can anyone ...
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Picture/Video capture programs

What software options are there for taking videos and or pictures within Ubuntu (Much like Apple's Photobooth)? Please limit one software solution per answer and include key features/description of ...
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Is Logitech HD Webcam C615 supported?

Is Logitech HD Webcam C615 supported under Ubuntu? The list of drivers can be found here: http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/ But Logitech HD C510 is not on that list and I have that camera and it ...
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Webcam isn't working in Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 x64(Lenovo G510, intel i5) but cheese is not working, nor skype. The first thing I did was sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` I then tried to ...
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How can I find out the supported webcam resolutions?

I have a web camera on my T500 Thinkpad. I would like to know its supported resolutions. Is there a way to find it out by means of software (and without having to consult the documentation)?
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Fake a webcam using a video loopback device?

I want to use a looped video clip as my webcam source in a Google+ Hangout. I installed v4l2loopback and created a video loopback device. But I haven't figured out how to write the video frames to the ...
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How do I install the driver for a Microsoft Lifecam VX-3000?

I have looked all over Ask Ubuntu and can't find any way to install the driver easily. I will be fine by doing it through terminal if that is how to do it.
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How do I use ffmpeg to take pictures with my web camera?

I want to use ffmpeg to store images taken by my USB web camera on my Ubuntu 11.10. lsusb outputs: Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0c45:6028 Microdia Typhoon Easycam USB 330K (older) The camera works fine ...
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Laptop webcam is not detected, doesn't show up in lsusb

I'm weirded out. I have an Acer Aspire 5515 series laptop which has a webcam built in. When I open Cheese, it says: "no device found". Camorama says: "Could not connect to video device. Please check ...
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Use WebCam to record (Including movement detection)

What ubuntu software is there to use the webcam as a recording camera (Like a Security System). It NEEDS to detect movement in the room, take pictures and/or record.
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Could I use my webcam as a barcode reader?

One day I read an article about reading barcode using my webcam in Ubuntu 12.04 by a some software which I don't remember now. Can anybody help? What software could help me by reading a barcode ...
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Webcam doesn't work in browser…?

I'm running the latest version of Ubuntu, and I have a Dell Sp2009wfd monitor with built in microphone and webcam. I've gotten the microphone working on mumble and on sound recorder, and I've gotten ...
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How to disable internal webcam?

I want to disable the internal webcam of my laptop running Ubuntu 13.10? As suggested here, I already disabled the concerning kernel modules by blacklisting them. But after reboot the modules are ...
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How to turn on the integrated webcam?

How do I turn on the integrated web-cam on Dell Vostro I have Ubuntu 10.10
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Black screen when playing a movie in VLC player, just the sound is enabled

When I move the VLC player window, I can see the video but when I stop moving it, then it gets back to black. This happens not only in VLC but with my webcam too, when I use camorama webcam.
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Asus K52F laptop web camera shows upside-down picture in Skype

How to fix upside-down picture produced by web camera in Asus K52F (1.3 Mpix, don't know the model) laptop (Intel i3 M350, Intel video, Ubuntu 10.10) ? Update: It seems ridiculous :) but the ...
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How to Run Pam Face Authentication

I am using Ubuntu 11.10. I went to the following URL to download the software Pam Face Authentication and downloaded the version for natty narhwall. I installed the software using the following ...
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What are interesting uses for a web cam beyond video chat?

I'd like pointers/suggestions to any interesting applications that have been created for a laptop web cam beyond self recording and video chat. Specifically, I'd like setups that are ready to go ...
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Is there a CLI webcam image grabber that works with a video4linux2 device?

I've tried everything in apt-cache search webcam |sort -u and everything has some problem. Correcting any syntax mistakes, showing how to use a "GUI only" from the CLI or a good ...
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How to disable integrated webcam and still be able to use an external one

I am looking for a way to disable the webcam that is integrated into my laptop. The webcam is using uvcvideo module but I do not want to blacklist it since it is also being used by an external webcam ...
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How can my audio input always be the webcam microphone?

Each time I want to use Skype, I have to go in the sound preferences. And there, turn the audio-in to "webcam" and uncheck the "mute" button. It's quite annoying. Is there a way to always keep the ...
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Is it possible for two processes to access the webcam at the same time?

I would like to try using Cheese in Google+ Hangouts, and similar configurations, and I would like to know if it is possible for the webcam to be used by two processes to have access to the webcam at ...
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What CCTV Software is available?

I would like to setup Ubuntu to capture motion in my studio and e-mail pictures of anyone who enters it. MS Windows has plenty of software to do this, but now that I switched 100% to Ubuntu, I need a ...
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Udev webcam rule read, but not respected?

I have two usb-webcams on them machine, but at boot they sometimes switch /dev/video number. The solution to this problem seems to be creating a new udev rule. I have added this rule ...
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How can I get my Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000 webcam microphone to work?

How can I get my webcam's (Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000) microphone to work? It uses the uvcvideo driver and video quality is perfect on both Cheese and Gmail's Video Chat.
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How to force Empathy Internet Messaging to change default webcam?

I just recently bought a new webcam. It is USB powered. For personal reasons, I wish to not use the built in webcam that came with my netbook. I want to use this new one. I love empathy, it is a ...
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Is there a software alternative in Ubuntu for iSpy in windows (multiple Web cam recording software[DVR] )?

I use iSpy in windows for recording multiple webcams and from multiple audio sources i.e, using the PC as a DVR. Is there a software for Ubuntu that can do that? I need advanced features like motion ...
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How to apply webcam effects to other applications?

I have a webcam in my laptop. I am user root, so I can do anything. The webcam works fine, everything worked out of the box. I can access it from Cheese and apply effects. I can also access the ...
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How can I get my webcam to work with Ubuntu 14.04?

I have an HP Elitebook 850 G1, and installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04, however Ubuntu is not detecting the built-in Webcam. Is there any ways to fix this, and why this is happening? output of the ...
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How do I get an LG Lic-300 webcam working?

I use Ubuntu 10.04LTS from the beginning, and throughout that time the only thing that could not succeed was that this webcam is recognized but not working: Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0c45:60fc ...
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USB Device No Longer 'Powering' Up In Ubuntu [closed]

I've run across a weird issue that I was wondering if anyone had seen before. We run a custom version of Ubuntu 10.04 at work and we've been testing some software that uses webcams recently, which 90% ...
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How do you zoom in and out while on a Skype call?

I am using a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 and Skype 2.2.0.25 and Ubuntu 11.04. I can not figure out how to zoom in and out during a video chat, although it is possible under windows using Logitech's ...
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How can I completely disable internal Mic and Webcam

I want to disable the internal Microphone on my laptop and the internal Webcam completely that they're no longer selectable, and no longer available? I will only use my external Webcam, and my ...
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Webcam upside down when using skype

When I use skype my video is upside down. But when I use Google hangouts or cheese it is fine. How do I fix this? I have tried many things and nothing ever has worked. My laptop is a Asus K53E.
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Missing /dev/dsp* - what do I need to do/install for sound input from mencoder?

Linux sound is generally very confusing to me, especially when two different machines running the same version of Ubuntu don't behave at all the same way. I'm trying to use mencoder to record a video ...
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Can I install an external webcam successfully?

My laptop, ThinkPad R61i, does not have a built-in webcam. If I buy a generic webcam, can I install it on Ubuntu 12.04? I googled around and a blog post said Cheese is one of the best webcam softwares ...