Take photos or record videos with your webcam

Use Synaptic to search for and install cheese and you'll be able to turn your computer into a virtual photobooth and/or camcorder! Once installed you'll find the program on the Applications ^ Graphics menu. Using it is simple and self-explanatory, especially if you've ever used Mac OS X's photobooth software, which it is clearly modeled upon. Once you've taken a snap, right-click it and select Save As to write it to the hard disk. See Tip 63, on page 124, for instructions on how to get your webcam working if you see nothing when using Cheese (or if you see a test pattern image).

To learn how to record the contents of your screen to a movie file, see Tip 312, on page 364.

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