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How to set webcam video size in Skype (Ubuntu 9.04)

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Last response: in Open Source Software
May 18, 2009 3:05:33 AM

Hi All,

I've just setup my PC with Ubuntu Netbook Remix (9.04) [Mobo: Intel D945GCLF].
Just want to know, is there anyway to set the video size of the webcam running under Skype?

Currently Skype is using the maximum resolution of (1600x1200) which produces jerky video image.
I would like to limit the video size to 640x480 if possible.

Thanks in advance.


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July 4, 2009 6:48:18 AM


Mee too same problem. In my case Skype seems using the 320x240 resolution (lines/ghosts artifacts) and actually with cheese I can reproduce this error using that resolution. With all the others (from 640x480 up to all the others) is working properly.

So people, if you have any clue in how to change the size of the video (if is not soldered inside Skype closed source code) let us know! :) 


PS: (my camera is a Ricoh for Sony Vaio VGN-CR11Z... Google do your best)
September 12, 2009 5:06:07 PM

I think there is only one way regarding Skype: they (or someone else?) need to implement the feature within Skype or else it's impossible.
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September 12, 2009 5:11:05 PM

On Linux:

go to:


search for the Video tag and modify there your parameters, as:


Hope it works for you all!


November 28, 2009 5:32:29 PM

I have inserted your code into the file as of tonight. Remains to see if it works.
December 14, 2009 12:25:58 PM

I have tried this now. Didn't work, unfortunately.
January 8, 2010 11:41:32 AM

On Linux:

go to:


search for the Video tag and modify there your parameters, as:


Thank you for this suggestion!
It definitively made my Trust 3320x work with Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 64bit.
I also have to launch skipe using this command (I created a script for this):
  1. LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype

Hope it helps.