How to Install Guvcview 1.7.3 in Ubuntu 14.04

Last updated: June 12, 2014

install the latest guvcview 1.7.3 in Ubuntu 14.04

Guvcview is a video capture tool for cameras supported by the linux UVC driver, although it should also work with any v4l2 compatible device.

It provides:

  • Image: jpg, png, bmp
  • Video: mjpeg, flv1, wmv1, mpg2, mpg4, vp8, ogg theora
  • Sound: mp3, acc, avi and matroska

You can also use guvcview as a control window only, (from console: guvcview –control_only), this allows image control on other apps, like ekiga, cheese, mplayer, skype, etc.

While Ubuntu 14.04 has Guvcview 1.7.1 in its repositories, the latest has reached Guvcview 1.7.3 with following changes:

  • add silence frames to compensate audio drift (delay).
  • fix possible memory leak
  • add video and image capture through system signals: SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2
  • add true no_display mode (no X required)
  • small bug fixes
  • add H264 decoding support.

Install Guvcview 1.7.3 in Ubuntu 14.04:

The official v1.7.3 packages from were built on Ubuntu 13.10 and they don’t work on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty due to dependencies problem.

I’ve rebuilt it into PPA based on Ubuntu 14.04, just download and double click to install it via Ubuntu Software Center.



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3 responses to How to Install Guvcview 1.7.3 in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Well, unfortunately, I get a crash when I try to record using this new setting… The viewing is fine but as soon as I try to record, I get a segfault :/

    I’ve seen on the guvcview launchpad bug tracker this is related to some outdated libavcodec or something like this and a user achieved to rebuild it with the latest (and fixed) lib version but I wouldn’t be able to do that…

    I’d be really glad if you could so it and provide us a fresh version (fixed) of this package.


  2. It worked well in 15.04 but not in 15.10, it keeps crashing or when I make a video the video portion wants to be a still life with sound.