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I'm using mplayer -vo png -frames 1 tv:// to make MPlayer take a single shot from my webcam.

Currently, it saves it to the desktop. What command can I use to make it save the file to /var/www/html instead?

I know that it uses your working directory by default. So you can do

cd /var/www/html
mplayer -vo png -frames 1 tv://

That will save the photo to the right folder, but it's not a clean solution.

Is there an argument to change the save location without using cd though?

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It should work this way:

mplayer -vo png:outdir=/var/www/html -frames 1 tv://

but it does not work for me. I do not know why.

But this works:

mplayer -vo jpeg:outdir=/var/www/html -frames 1 tv://
  • sudo mplayer -vo png:outdir=/var/www/html -frames 1 tv:// works for me. Were you getting a permission error? Try it with sudo – Pikamander2 Oct 21 '15 at 18:48
  • I use another directory that does not require sudo. It is good that it works for you. I get a could not parse output=... error. it depends on a package version. – Pilot6 Oct 21 '15 at 18:50

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