It took me a couple of seconds to work out why you would call video and picture taking software "Cheese" but I had a good laugh when my Euro finally fell ;-)
From the project web page: http://projects.gnome.org/cheese/
Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others. It was written as part of Google's 2007 Summer of Code lead by daniel g. siegel and mentored by Raphaël Slinckx. Under the hood, Cheese uses GStreamer to apply fancy effects to photos and videos. With Cheese it is easy to take photos of you, your friends, pets or whatever you want and share them with others. After a success of the Summer of Code, the development continued and we still are looking for people with nice ideas and patches ;)
Cheese is a program for the GNOME Desktop which allows you to take photos, videos, and anything else you can think of with your webcam. Just start it up and shoot! Gather all of your friends around, have some fun! When you're done, share your photos and videos with 'em!
I've had a good play with it and I think it works very well. It worked first time, just an apt-get install cheese and it worked.
The effects are a little different to what you get on Mac OS X or Windows 7, they're as useless and as much fun ;-) I liked the full screen mode.
README for Cheese
Take photos and videos with your webcam, with fun graphical effects
Cheese currently requires:
- glib-2.0 >= 2.16.0
- gobject-2.0 >= 2.12.0
- gio-2.0 >= 2.16.0
- gtk+-2.0 >= 2.17.4
- gdk-2.0 >= 2.14.0
- gnome-desktop-2.0 >= 2.26.0
- gconf-2.0 >= 2.16.0
- gstreamer-0.10 >= 0.10.20
- gstreamer-plugins-base-0.10 >= 0.10.20
- gstreamer-plugins-good-0.10 >= 0.10.8
- librsvg >= 2.18.0
- libebook-1.2 (evolution-data-server)
- postr for Flickr export (optional)
- f-spot for F-Spot export (optional)
- nautilus-sendto for better export mechanism (optional)
- a webcam
- a brain
The official website is:
How to get your camera working:
To get your camera working with cheese, you will have to ensure that it works
with the Gstreamer Framework and Video4Linux2 (V4L2) or Video4Linux (V4L). To
test this, you can use the 'gstreamer-properties' tool.