How to mount a USB video camera in ubuntu

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How to mount a USB video camera in ubuntu
Webcams should work out of the box with Ubuntu. (Webcam image by Oscar from

The Ubuntu operating system was developed to work with most hardware right out of the box. In the case of USB video cameras and webcams, Ubuntu is loaded with the Universal Video Class (UVC) drivers. The UVC driver set is designed to provide hardware capabilities to most USB-based cameras. As such, it is very likely that your camera will be recognised and accessible by Ubuntu immediately upon connecting it to your computer. If Ubuntu is having difficulty recognising your camera, there are a few other applications which you may need to install.

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  • USB video camera

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  1. 1

    Connect the USB video camera to your computer using the USB cable.

  2. 2

    Launch Ekiga, the default VoIP program installed with Ubuntu, by selecting "Applicatoins," "Internet," "Ekiga Softphone."

  3. 3

    Click "Cancel" to skip the "First Time Configuration Assistant."

  4. 4

    Select the menu option "Edit," "Preferences," "Devices," "Video Device."

  5. 5

    Click the webcam icon to test your USB video camera. If it works, video will be displayed.

  1. 1

    Launch Terminal, the Ubuntu command prompt program, by selecting "Applications," "Accessories," "Terminal."

  2. 2

    Enter the following command and press enter to install the EasyCam driver installation wizard:

    sudo apt-get install easycam2-gtk

  3. 3

    Launch EasyCam by entering the following comand and then pressing enter:

    gksudo 'python /usr/share/EasyCam2/ --gtk'

  4. 4

    Click "Next" to begin the EasyCam driver installation wizard.

  5. 5

    Select your USB video camera model from the available options and click "Next" to install the driver.

Tips and warnings

  • If your exact USB camera video model is not listed in the EasyCam wizard, you can select an option that is of the same brand and reasonably expect that the drivers will support your camera.

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