5 of the Best Free Linux Webcam Tools
A webcam is a video capture device that is either connected to
a computer directly (typically by USB) or over a computer
network. Many modern netbooks and laptops have a built-in webcam.
Webcams spice up online communication by offering real-time
video chat and webcasting. These tiny cameras enable users to chat in
realtime with friends and family, send video email around the world, to
videoconference with co-workers and clients, and even to broadcast a
TV-like channel over the net. Other people use a webcam as part of a
security system, making use of motion detection to receive image
and video intrusion alerts, both interior and exterior, of a building
To use a webcam in Linux requires dedicated webcam software.
In this article, we have chosen our favorite tools which enable
webcams to capture images and video, and to act as a video surveillance
We have not included Skype in the list below. Whilst millions
of people use Skype for voice chat, instant messaging, file transfer,
and video conferencing, the no-charge application is not available
under a freely distributable license. Nevertheless, Skype is worthy
of a special mention.
To provide an insight into the quality of software available
for Linux, we have compiled a list of 5 useful webcam tools. Hopefully,
there will be something of interest here for anyone interested in
using the versatile webcam.
Now, let's explore the 5 webcam tools tools at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots (where
appropriate), together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Take pictures and videos from your webcam
security camera solution
||V4L capture program supporting motion detection
and video conferencing application
||ASCII cam streaming
Return to our complete collection of Group
Tests, identifying the finest Linux software.
Last Updated Sunday, November 04 2012 @ 08:39 AM EST