Cheese – webcam application

Cheese is a cheesy program to take pictures and videos from your webcam. You can take multiple photos in quick succession using the Burst mode and apply special effects to add a personal touch to them.

Cheese uses GStreamer to apply fancy graphical effects to photos and videos.

Cheese is an official part of GNOME.

To get your camera working with Cheese, it needs to be compatible with the Gstreamer Framework and Video4Linux2 (V4L2) or Video4Linux (V4L). Some older webcams may not be supported.

Features include:

  • Capture video – use your webcam to record short movies for sharing. Videos are saved in the WebM format.
  • Take photos using the JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • Share pictures and movies.
  • Burst mode – automatically take several photos in a row. There is the option to set the amount of photos you want to be taken and the time delay. There’s also the option for the screen to flash when a photo is taken.
  • Export files to F-Spot, and put them on Flickr,
  • Apply 35 effects to photos and videos with heaps of effect combinations:
    • Dice;
    • Edge;
    • Flip;
    • Historical;
    • Hulk;
    • Kung Fu;
    • Mauve;
    • Noir;
    • Optical Illusion;
    • Quark;
    • Radioactive;
    • Ripple;
    • Saturation;
    • Sepia;
    • Shagadelic;
    • Vertigo;
    • Warp;
    • Wave;
    • X-ray.
  • Countdown facility to delay the capture – lets you get into position, or wreck everything, before the photo is taken.
  • Delete a photo or video.
  • Save a photo or video.
  • View a photo or video taken.
  • Kiosk/Fullscreen mode.
  • Change the capture resolution of your webcam.
  • Adjust the saturation, contrast, brightness and hue of photos and videos.
  • Internationalization support.

Support: FAQ, Mailing List
Developer: David King, Daniel G. Siegel, Jaap A. Haitsma, Filippo Argiolas and many contributors
License: GNU GPL v2 or later


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