September 27, 2020 — September 26, 2020

computers are awful
photon choreography
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1 Webcam software

You want to record a video of your face?

Simple, reliable software choice: Cheese whose unremarkable feature is just that it works. Takes photos and videos with minimal fuss AFAICT.

A fancier alternative is webcamoid which has many filters, and features, and virtua webcam devises and inter-application routing. However, for me it records only silent videos, which is a bit of a showstopper for recording lectures.

2 Linux-comaptible webcams

A good first approximation to “which webcams are linux-compatible” is the Linux UVC lists. Confusingly, the recommended webcam app for Ubuntu, Cheese never works for me, which might persuade me my webcams don’t work. But they work in everything else. A good alternative “pro” test app is guvcview which additionally has extra diagnostics.

Use a real camera instead of a crappy web cam.