Sorry, for the delay...had to go fishing, had to help neighbor train dogs for field test...etc...
I probably should not have posted. I have a hand mic and a new (first time used) usb webcam.
a--skype plays video, but uses old hand mic not the usb webcam mic.
b--vlc refuses as stated if I click desktop icon, from terminal vlc plays video and complains of a alsa upgrade.
@joany: I have not tried vlc and webcam before. Sorry, I meant "vlc always just plays whatever I throw at it". btw-another mislead I am running a 32bit kernel on an amd64 chip.
@stevo: wxcam grabs the video but no audio.