How to Record Video in Ubuntu Linux

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This post provides instructions for recording videos using the built-in or external camera on an Ubuntu Linux machine. The Cheese application is the default webcam and camera tool for this OS, which can capture still photos and videos. The videos, saved in the WebM format, are automatically stored in the Videos/Webcam folder in the user’s…

This post describes steps one can perform to record a video with a camera or webcam in Ubuntu Linux.

If your Ubuntu Linux machine has a built-in or external camera attached, you can record videos and apply fun special effects and share the fun with others.

There are many applications one can use to record videos in Ubuntu Linux. However, the default webcam and camera application in Ubuntu Linux is Cheese.

The cheese camera application can be used to take still photos as well as videos. The videos in the video stream are automatically saved in the Videos/Webcam folder in your home folder in Ubuntu Linux.

Videos are saved in the WebM (.webm) format by default.

Below is how to take photos with Cheese in Ubuntu Linux.

How to record video with Cheese in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, if your Ubuntu Linux device has a camera, you can use the Cheese camera application to take still photos and videos.

The videos in the video stream are automatically saved in the Videos/Webcam folder in your home folder.

Below is how to do that.

To open the Cheese webcam application, click on the Activities dashboard. Then use the search box to search for Cheese.

Make sure that you are in Video mode. If you are, the Video button will be selected on the left side of the screen.

Click the Record a video using a webcam button in the middle of the bottom panel, or press the Space key to start recording the video.

To stop recording, press the same button again. You can also press the Esc or Space keys to stop recording.

After you have stopped recording, the video will automatically appear in the photo stream at the bottom of the Cheese window. From there, you can open or delete the video.

The videos in the video stream are automatically saved in the Videos/Webcam folder in your home folder in Ubuntu Linux.

They are saved in the WebM (.webm) format by default.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to record a video in Ubuntu Linux using the Cheese webcam application. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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