I am trying to capture video(alongwith audio) from a webcam.
I need to record the video and save it to a file,for further processing.
Would like to do it through CLI.

Any ideas how to do it using ffmpeg or gstreamer.

I am getting these errors:

1.gstreamer:-  erroneous pipeline: no element "xvimagesink".  
2.ffmpeg   :-  unable to find suitable output format for video4linux2.  

Any help is appreciated.

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Cheese webcam studio can record Video and take photo's with effects.

As for cli recording, see if this will work

streamer -q -c /dev/video0 -f rgb24 -r 3 -t 00:30:00 -o ~/outfile.avi

ffmpeg -f oss -i /dev/dsp -f video4linux2 -s 320x240 -i /dev/video0 out.mpg


  • thanks for help, but i am using gstreamer*(gst-launch-0.10) not *streamer Jul 10, 2012 at 11:52
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    @blade19899 It seems that /dev/dsp is no more available. It is replaced by alsa. see this
    – sourav c.
    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:32
  • Yes, the ffmpeg command results in /dev/dsp: No such file or directory on Unbuntu 2015.10. And by the way, the streamer command records in quality much lower than what a correct ffmpeg command produces. Mar 24, 2016 at 6:33

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