Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to Install Webcam Software on Archlinux

If you want to use webcam on Archlinux, By default, most of webcam devices is detected on Archlinux. But to using webcam you need a additional software to run it.


If your webcam not detected please visit archwiki:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Webcam_Setup#Linux_webcam_support

And for user add the video group on it.
#gpasswd -a yourusername video


And Here's the list webcam software available on Archlinux.

1. Cheese
Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others. It was written as part of Google's 2007 Summer of Code lead by daniel g. siegel and mentored by Raphaël Slinckx. Under the hood, Cheese uses GStreamer to apply fancy effects to photos and videos. With Cheese it is easy to take photos of you, your friends, pets or whatever you want and share them with others.
Official Sites: http://projects.gnome.org/cheese/

Installation on Archlinux
$sudo pacman -S cheese

Here's some snapshot :

You can make effect on photo you're taken. There are various effects that you can choose.


Cheese also can record video too.

2. Wxcam
wxCam is a webcam application for linux. It supports video recording (in an avi uncompressed and Xvid format), snapshot taking, and some special commands for philips webcams, so you can also use the program for astronomy purposes. It supports both video4linux 1 and 2 drivers, so it should work on a very large number of devices. 

Official sites:http://wxcam.sourceforge.net/
To install it:
$sudo pacman -S wxcam
Snapshot:
Wxcam only have basic camera snap & video capture. For settings, only brightness & color setting that available. This software is lightweight.

3. xawtv
XawTV is a simple Xaw-based TV program which uses the bttv driver or video4linux. It also contains various command-line utilities for grabbing images and AVI movies, tuning in TV stations, etc. Althought it's for TV purpose, but xawtv can get show picture on webcam.

To install it on archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S xawtv

To run it, type it on terminal/command
$xawtv

Snapshot:




xawtv doesn't have any feature on it, just showing webcam picture.

4. VLC

If you have installed the VLC, vlc can also capture video from webcam. Open VLC, then media, choose open capture device. Then choose the webcam. And VLC can also show images from webcam.

To install VLC.
$sudo pacman -S vlc

Here's the snapshot:

5. Kamoso
Kamoso is an application to take pictures and videos out of your webcam. To install on archlinux.
$sudo yaourt -S kamoso
or install it using PACMANXG4.

Here's the snapshot:
Kamoso have the basic camera & video capture.


That's it, above software is most common used for webcam, but i prefer cheese for such rich features. For lightweight i recommend wxcam.

Enjoy webcam on archlinux.

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