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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.

Guvcview Ubuntu 14.04

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 sf.net 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.

guvcview 1.7.3 32-bit guvcview 1.7.3 64-bit

Enjoy!