How To Install Guvcview 2.0.1 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Guvcview is an open source application, developed in GTK+, which enables the users to record videos or take photos via the webcam, set up the video and audio codecs to be used, or set the audio input.

The latest version available is Guvcview 2.0.1, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes:

  • Fix audio clean bug (segfault when audio=none)
  • Add –disable_libv4l2 option
  • Add support for internal yu12 planar format
  • Workaround uvcvideo bug (buf.bytesused=0 on kernels >=3.16)
  • move all core functions to 4 shared libs
  • change options
  • change config
  • add sdl2 render
  • use gsl for random number generation

In this article I will show you how to install Guvcview 2.0.1 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, LXLE 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Linux Lite 2, Peppermint Five and other Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Guvcview 2.0.1 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the guvcview package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install guvcview

Optional, to remove guvcview, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove guvcview

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