If you want to connect your webcam in Ubuntu, install Cheese, a webcam application that supports image and video capture. Going through some old stuff yesterday, I stumbled upon my missing Logitech USB Webcam that I thought wouldn’t work in Ubuntu. This webcam works great with my Windows systems, but I was yet to try it in Ubuntu. So, this morning I installed Cheese and connected the webcam and Cheese immediately recognized and fired it up. In no time, I was taking pictures and recording videos from the webcam.
This brief guide shows you how to install Cheese in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot).
- Install Cheese Webcam program
- Connect your webcam
To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When Terminal opens, run the commands below to install Cheese.
sudo apt-get install cheese
Next, launch ‘Dash’ and open Cheese
Hopefully Cheese will recognize your webcam and fire it up for you.
All recorded videos will be saved in the video folder of your home directory: /home/video. And photos saved in /home/pictures.