Looking for video recorder applications in Ubuntu that can:

  • record videos from webcam.
  • can save for example last 15 minutes so I can review that recorded video; I don't want it to record all the time (hard disk will get full); only 15 minutes is enough.

2 Answers 2


You may use Cheese

It ships with Ubuntu by default.

If you don't see in your installed software list, you may install this from Ubuntu Software Center.

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    I find cheese much simpler and friendly to operate than super-sophisticated and UX challenged VLC. It is just simple when you are less picky about formats and configurations.
    – matanster
    Jul 15, 2020 at 7:30
  • I agree that Cheese is the simplest to use. I've tried a few others, and no matter what I tried to do, the volume level of the audio playback was too low. Then I tried Cheese, and it just works 'out of the box'.
    – laur34
    Apr 25, 2021 at 17:20
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    Cheese looks great. Unfortunately it crashes when recording a video on my system. Jul 12, 2021 at 18:09

You can use vlc (sudo apt-get install vlc -y).

  1. Open vlc, then press Ctrl+R
  2. choose [capture device] and select your webcam
  3. Press [Convert/Save]
  4. Choose where to save the file and hit [start].
  5. When you are done press ■
  • yes that'a it! but I should choose "Play" :)
    – Deniz
    Aug 15, 2015 at 15:22
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    What would "v4l2://" showing as the "source" during that dialog flow in VLC mean?
    – matanster
    Jul 14, 2020 at 16:32
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    @matanster v4l2 is short for video for linux v2, it's basically just an API for accessing video devices in linux Jul 14, 2020 at 21:21
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    Is it possible to watch the webcam image as VLC records? Dec 25, 2020 at 22:38
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    VLC settings for recording looks very incomprehensible and confusing Mar 28 at 8:37

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