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5 of the Best Free Linux Webcam Tools

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 or home.

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 device.

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.

Webcam Tools
Cheese Take pictures and videos from your webcam
ZoneMinder All-in-one security camera solution
Motion V4L capture program supporting motion detection
Ekiga VoIP and video conferencing application
HasciiCam ASCII cam streaming

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