I have a Logitech C910 USB 2.0 USB camera which supports up to 1080p video recording. I am using the camera on a laptop with a Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz CPU. Ubuntu 11.10 recognises the device and allows me to capture both photos and video.

What does not work is high-resolution video recording: I haven't had much luck with anything above VGA resolution. Cheese appears to be hard-coded to use OGG which puts way too much strain on the CPU. guvcview crashes whichever way I try it.

Is it possible to record smooth, 25fps video at 1280x720px+ resolutions on Linux?


Try guvcview:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pj-assis/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install guvcview
  • HD resolution is 1920 x 1080 (which is stated for my web cam) but this option seems unavailable in guvcview. – Yan King Yin Nov 12 '20 at 14:18

You could try using guvcviewer, which is available directly in the Ubuntu Software Center. Here is its official website with documentation, etc.

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