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Old 06-06-2009, 06:05 AM   #1
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Recording video with Cheese

I am experiencing problems when attempting to record a video using the Cheese program. I can take pictures no problem, I can even add the effects that Cheese offers, however when I try and record a video the program will only record a few frames, about one every three seconds and no sound. The display also goes blank and then shows a frame now and again during recording, but when I turn the recording off it goes back to a live view.

I looked in Cheese's FAQ and it suggested that I check the gstreamer properties to make sure that my graphics card was dealing with these and not my motherboard. However that was set up fine, so it made no difference.

I did notice that when I open Cheese using the command line I get the following message twice:

libv4l2: error converting / decoding frame data: v4l-convert: error parsing JPEG header: Not a JPG file ?
When I try and record something the message appears in the command line again. I have double checked all the gstreamer-properties and tested these, they all appear fine, however I must be missing something.

My webcam is the Creative Live! optia pro, this does appear to be working as Skype and sound recorder work fine on my OS: Fedora 10 & Ubuntu 9.04.

Please help as this has been going on for 3 months.
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according to this search you may have a uvcvideo cam

check the output of lsmod | grep uvcvideo and if you see it install a different cam recorder called


its excellent for snapshots and recording....and you can play with the video and sound devices until it works
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Is this the "Cheese program" to which you refer? -- providing a link would make your post more accessible & useful to everyone.


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