I want to take a picture with the webcam every N time units and store it to /tmp/somefolder/ for further use with other tools and only keep the last M images. How to do this using webcam(UNIX COMMAND)? Any help appreciated.

  • Try this utilities: camgrab webcam – koni_raid Jun 26 '12 at 8:29
  • Have you tried OpenCV? – Mitch Jun 26 '12 at 8:44
  • Thanks @Mitch But the OpenCV is kind of overkill for just grabbing few frames. anyways ,Thanks 4 the help again. – Ubuntu_beginner Jun 26 '12 at 11:04
  • @konrad if its an answer, you may want to post it. – Thomas Ward Jun 26 '12 at 12:35

Well ,why don't you try uvccapture or fswebcam both are an excellent choices.

For using uvccapture, install using sudo apt-get install uvccapture and to use uvvcaputure -m -q100 -x640 -y480 -opic.jpg where pic.jpg is the filename. Similarly install fswebcam and to use fswebcam $filename,


Try using webcam. Here you find more info regarding webcam https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam

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