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How to use a webcam

Len Padson
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Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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Hey all! So I really want to try my hand at making a program that implements a webcam. At first, I would just like to make a program that displays the current image from the webcam every, say, one second. The catch: I really would like to know if I can do this without downloading jmf, or fmj, or anything, for that matter. I am looking for someway to do it with the packages already available without downloads. Many thanks to you all for the great, quick, responses you always give!
Len Padson
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Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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im looking for something without additional api's
Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
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No, probably not.

A low level solution is to write native code that interacts with the webcam directly. I think a higher level solution is to query the operating system (again, natively) for video capturing devices through a driver and get a feed from there. I don't have experience with either method, but I would recommend looking into the latter option, unless you can find an even higher level solution (like a third party library that works for all kinds of operating systems).

You shouldn't try to reinvent the wheel. Embrace "additional APIs".

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