Greetings I am searching for some Ubuntu software for using webcam. It needs to be able to record video with motion detection with the option of saving it to disk. I have tried ZONEMINDER and found way too complex to use. I am looking for something simple, preferably something with a GUI. Everyone keeps mentioning 'Motion' however I it seems VERY complicated.

If Motion is the best way to go, could someone please take the time to insctruct me on how to set it up to capture video ?

I have read THIS tutorial on setting it up, but there is no mention of capturing video files. I also have read this FFMPG article but have no clue how to set it up ( I do have it installed).

I am running UBUNTU 12.04

Thanks for your time.

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If you're looking for a simple program to do motion detection I would choose a script using OpenCV like this one:


Or just download the first script and install python-opencv:

sudo apt-get install python-opencv

To run the script just type in a terminal:

python ./MotionDetector.py
  • Ok so i see it launching some app called RES which seems to be doing something. It says RECORDING, but where do the files go? Apr 5, 2014 at 5:47
  • Ok I found the folder which is just the USER folder. THank you! Apr 5, 2014 at 6:30

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