Is there software that allows the webcam to be used as a camera?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 desktop.


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    Aand just what is the distinction between the two? Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 12:56
  • What's the difference? With the help of a video capture card I use my Camera as Webcam through analog CVBS input. Some troubles with deinterlacing (as webcam) but works.
    – Cornelius
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 12:57
  • @YatharthROCK I want to use my webcam as a camera to take some pics of objects on my desk.
    – itsols
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 13:07
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    A webcam is, by definition meant to be used via a computer. You can just use any regular camera application (the most popular being Cheese) to get the stream then. Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 13:10

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As your goal is to take pictures of your desk, I'd suggest to install cheese

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and type:

sudo apt-get install cheese

Then start it with just cheese from the same terminal or from the Dash:

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  • @itsols Let me get this straight: you were simply looking for recommendations for picture/video capture software? Did you search AskUbuntu first? A quick glance turns up askubuntu.com/questions/9775/picture-video-capture-programs and others... Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 15:31
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    I did not know that I had to look for picture or video editing/capturing software. I just wanted to get my webcam working as a camera. Thanks for the link anyway!
    – itsols
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 16:02

Another nice alternative to cheese: GTK UCV Video Viewer

Install it using sudo apt-get install guvcview


May I assume you wish to be able to take a still photo with your webcam? If so, I recommend cheese. It is available in the Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt-get install cheese

After you start it, there is an option to take a photo, photos in a burst or videos.

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