Okay, this is absolutely pathetic. I have a webcam on my Acer laptop and Skype works fantastically with it. I think Skype was written to use V4L2 to interface with my camera. However, no other webcam software I've tried can use this.
xawtv was the closest, but it also messed up with the driver settings. Camorama and others don't work.
My workaround right now is to run a video test on Skype so it runs the webcam and captures video, and then I run gimp for a desktop capture. Talk about pathetic workarounds!
Surely there's one out there that will make my life easier... is there?