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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
Developer: David King, Daniel G. Siegel, Jaap A. Haitsma, Filippo Argiolas and many contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

Cheese is written in Vala. Learn Vala with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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4 years ago

Applied the Dice effect, and cheese quit working.

Trent Calder
Trent Calder
4 years ago
Reply to  charles

And what action did you take? Did you see if it’s a known bug? Did you try to replicate it on a different system? Did you raise a bug report? Did you…

3 years ago

what webcams work with cheese

2 years ago

I love this program. Is there a way to combine these effects with other web cam applications such as Skype or discord?