Improve default resolution for a Logitech C920 webcam?

Olivier Crête olivier.crete at
Thu Feb 27 17:01:30 PST 2014

On Thu, 2014-02-27 at 16:35 -0800, Christian Kreibich wrote:
> Hey Stefan,
> On 02/25/2014 01:34 AM, Stefan Sauer wrote:
> >> I don't know much about gstreamer but from some digging it looks like on
> >> my Fedora 20 box Google's talkplugin uses gstreamer-0.10. 
> >
> > Can you cite some reference?
> Well, I based this on the libraries shown by lsof on my Firefox
> processes while in a Hangout session. However, I've now noticed that
> when I run Chrome (where things don't look any better), the same plugin
> code gets used but none of the involved processes show gstreamer-related
> libraries -- so perhaps I spoke too soon? I'll ask on the hangout forum.
> (Obviously, if anyone knows details about what's driving Google's talk
> plugin, feel free to email me off-list.)
> However, let me start from the other end -- for cheese (3.10.2), for
> example, it seems gstreamer 1.0 is involved (judging from a pldd on the
> cheese process, which shows a ton of stuff below
> /usr/lib64/gstreamer-1.0/) but I still can't seem to get the resolution
> past 640x480. Is the resolution constraint a limit of this particular
> cheese version, or can I do something to improve it?

The Google Talk plugin definitely doesn't use GStreamer. You probably
saw it there because Firefox can use GStreamer for h.264 playback. That
said, Cheese definitely uses GStreamer and the c920 can definitely do
higher resolutions than 640x480.

Olivier Crête
olivier.crete at

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