I recently bought an external webcam to play around with OpenCV. It works great out of the box in Debian, but I realized that when I browse any site that contain flash content (youtube, soundcloud), the activity LED on the webcam flashes and in that time other applications (like Cheese) cannot access the webcam.
Naturally I denied webcam access in the flash player context menu and chose the other, built-in, camera for use with the plugin, but the problem still persists.
I think (although I'm not entirely sure) it all started the first time I set flash plugin to use this webcam, I don't think it happened before that. But still purging
flashplayer-nonfree and reinstalling it doesn't change anything.
Is there a way to keep flash plugin from activating this particular webcam while keeping it available to other applications? Or perhaps there is a way to revert the situation to the state before I first touched the flash settings, but after I plugged in the camera (assuming my memory serves me right)?
I'm using an updated Debian squeeze and an Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam. The browser I am talking about is Chrome v. 21.0.1180.57.
edit: This only persists while using chrome, when I switched to iceweasel, this wasn't happening. I guess that shows this can be chrome-related.