On April 6th, Skype released new beta for Linux – “Skype 2.2 beta for Linux with Skype Access and improved audio/video quality“
Video wasn’t improved for me. Quite opposite, it didn’t work at all. But solution was listed in section “Known issues” on Skype’s Garage blog:
Description: Your video capture might show seldomly green, scrambled or black image.
Please install one additional package which might solve your problem:
– Ubuntu 32 bit: install “”libv4l-0″” package and launch Skype with: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
– Ubuntu 64 bit: install “”lib32v4l-0″” package and launch Skype with: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
– Other distributions might have the same library, but may have a different path.
Change Skype launcher to
bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype'
and video will hopefully work.