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Press enter and take a WebCam picture.

Terminal - Press enter and take a WebCam picture.
read && ffmpeg -y -r 1 -t 3 -f video4linux2 -vframes 1 -s sxga -i /dev/video0 ~/webcam-$(date +%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M).jpeg
2013-01-17 11:37:09
User: MarxBro
Functions: date read
Press enter and take a WebCam picture.

This command takes a 1280x1024 p picture from the webcam.

If prefer it smaller, try changing the -s parameter: qqvga is the tiniest, vga is 640x480, svga is 800x600 and so on.

Get your smile on and press enter! :)


There are 10 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
-y -r 1 -t 3 -f video4linux2 -vframes 1 -s sxga -i /dev/video0 ~/webcam-$(date +%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M).jpeg
2013-02-27 05:32:03
User: navyjeff
Functions: date

Take a picture from your webcam and save it to a jpeg.

A very slightly modified version of MarxBro's command.

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What others think

heh, that's good fu!

I tried a variation which speaks to you and reminds you to say "cheese" and after taking the shot displays it with "eog" (eye of Gnome)

pic=~/webcam-$(date +%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M).jpeg; espeak "say cheese"; ffmpeg -y -r 1 -t 3 -f video4linux2 -vframes 1 -s vga -i /dev/video0 ${pic}; eog ${pic}
Comment by mpb 196 weeks and 2 days ago

Is the "tead &&" really needed? You have to press enter to run the command so why have the read which requires you hit the enter key a second time?

Comment by mpb 196 weeks and 2 days ago

Hmm, curiously, my attempt to use this results in a split picture. Not sure why?

Comment by mpb 196 weeks and 2 days ago

Glad you liked it!

No, `read &&` is just for launch it with some action.

Can you upload the pic somewhere? Curious about it...

Does it works with sxvga instaead of vga?

Comment by MarxBro 195 weeks and 6 days ago

Apparently the "ffmpeg" command is deprecated:

ffmpeg version 0.8.5-6:0.8.5-1, Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the Libav developers

built on Jan 13 2013 12:05:48 with gcc 4.7.2

*** THIS PROGRAM IS DEPRECATED *** This program is only provided for compatibility and will be removed in a future release. Please use avconv instead.

Does anybody know the equivalent using aconv (or perhaps gstreamer)?

Comment by fmarier 190 weeks and 6 days ago

I just did it with avconv in place of ffmpeg and it worked fine.

avconv -y -r 1 -t 3 -f video4linux2 -vframes 1 -s sxga -i /dev/video0 ~/webcam-$(date +%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M).jpeg
Comment by navyjeff 190 weeks and 5 days ago

Actually, it isnt deprecated, just avconv is a more active and "new" fork of the project and Ubuntu/Debian builds have that msg (I dont have it on my ffmpeg, "slack-builded" from scratch).

Comment by MarxBro 190 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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