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Capture Live Video from various Video Devices.

, 20 May 2004 CPOL
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LiveVideo is an application to capture live video from various video capture devices.

Sample Image - LiveVideo.jpg


This is an attempt to create an application which captures Live video from a Video capture device and USB attached WebCam all together in the same application. While developing my project, I needed to capture the video from various video devices including TV. Though, I found some source for capturing Video, it was not so efficient. So, that prompted me to develop my own independent application. Initially, “LiveVideo” detects the availability of the Video Capture card and whether WebCam is attached or not. Otherwise, it shows the message. Most of the API functions are used from DirectX SDK.

Steps to Use

  • Create a Dialog based application.
  • Insert a Picture control of size 320x240 pixel.
  • In the properties of the Picture control, set TYPE as ‘Rectangle’ and COLOR as ‘Black’.
  • Add the files “CaptureVideo.cpp” and “CaptureDevice.h” to your project.
  • Add “CaptureVide.h” into your implementation header file.
  • Create an Object of the class “CCaptureVideo” using Class wizard.
  • Link the libraries strmbasd.lib, wmvcore.lib, wmstub.lib in your project settings.

Now, using the object, invoke InitializeVideo(HWND hWnd) function to initialize the video.

HRESULT hr = capVideo.InitializeVideo(hWnd);

Where hWnd is the window handle of the picture control.

  • StartSVideo() - To start capturing from SVideo.
  • StartCompositeVideo() - To start capturing from Composite Video.
  • StartTVTuner() - To start capturing from TVTuner.
  • StartWebcam() - To start capturing from WebCam.


Don’t forget to uninitialize the Video by using UnInitializeVideo() before destroying your application.


  • Video Capture card. I’ve tested with “WinFast TV2000 XP WDM Video Capture” card. Hope it will work with all video capture cards.
  • USB Cam.
  • You need to install DirectX, which is available freely from Microsoft. You can download DirectX 9.0 from Microsoft.
  • For development, install DirectX 9.0 SDK. You can download DirectX 9.0 SDK from Microsoft.


I hope this article is of some use to you. I would add Configuration settings of the Video features and Video quality in my next version. Feel free to use these classes as you like. Any comments or improvements would be appreciated.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Dillip Kumar Kara
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United States United States
Hi Friends.,

I am DILLIP working as a Software Engineer in South Korea .

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Listening to Music, Net Browsing , watching TV..

Comments and Discussions

QuestionA new experiment ! PinmemberMember 1102098119-Aug-14 2:06 
SuggestionI would like to recommend my new Camera_Net Library [modified] Pinmemberfree5lot29-Dec-13 22:20 
QuestionLive video display from camera in c# .net PinmemberMember 900485711-Jul-12 19:39 
Questionwatermarking video Pinmemberlototfi11-Jun-12 15:15 
QuestionThanks PinmemberSreerajManayath5-Feb-12 19:44 
Questionmultiple cameras? Pinmemberjleslie483-Nov-11 9:29 
AnswerRe: multiple cameras? [modified] Pinmemberfree5lot29-Dec-13 22:21 
Questionimage capture PinmemberGabriel Punes13-Jul-11 23:59 
GeneralMy vote of 3 PingroupMahdi Nejadsahebi30-Apr-11 23:09 
Generallivevideo exit at RenderStream fuction PinmemberDoubleGhost26-Apr-11 5:58 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAshish Tyagi 4021-Apr-11 8:45 
QuestionHow to set channel or channel frequency for tv-tuner card ? Pinmemberrjviz30-Jul-10 4:25 
GeneralCompile time error in LiveVideo_demo PinmemberNoushad Ali9-Mar-10 4:11 
GeneralRe: Compile time error in LiveVideo_demo PinmemberNoushad Ali9-Mar-10 23:14 
GeneralPictures squashed Pinmembermathewmefiu12-Jan-10 1:06 
GeneralRe: Pictures squashed Pinmembermathewmefiu12-Jan-10 1:27 
Got it.

Both Picture Control and this "TODO" text ware having same ID of IDC_STATIC.

Changing ID of Picture Control solves the problem.

GeneralRe: Pictures squashed PinmemberAric Green23-Jan-10 4:57 
GeneralIR>Thermal Algorithm PinmemberJoel Monet29-Nov-09 0:34 
Generalerror C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '*' [modified] Pinmemberdillian wong19-Nov-09 0:15 
GeneralCapture image from video stream Pinmemberkokabgujjar15-Oct-09 18:27 
GeneralRe: Capture image from video stream Pinmemberjiaozi1093-Dec-09 3:21 
QuestionFirewire (IEEE1394) Pinmemberloyal ginger6-Oct-09 7:26 
GeneralI need code for video capturing in mpeg format in Pinmemberthebest12342-Aug-09 4:13 
GeneralRe: I need code for video capturing in mpeg format in Pinmemberjiaozi1093-Dec-09 3:22 
GeneralRe: I need code for video capturing in mpeg format in Pinmembernidhijain155518-Jun-10 21:16 
GeneralFLIP and ROTATION livevideo FILTER Pinmembergiuegiu6-Jul-09 22:08 
GeneralRun time error Pinmemberkokabgujjar22-Jun-09 21:31 
QuestionHow to video Capture Application using C++ Pinmembertns_ranjith19-May-09 23:48 
GeneralFlickerless problem PinmemberQuyLV17-Feb-09 21:33 
Questionhow to convert it into C# Pinmembermice351-Feb-09 23:55 
Questionhow to convert it into C# ? / need help!!! Pinmembermice3527-Jan-09 12:54 
Questionthe video quality showed by LiveVideo is worse than that showed by the Demo, which is provided together with the capture card Pinmemberchen_zd26-Sep-08 17:38 
Generalvideo capture PinmemberPhoody6-Apr-08 23:09 
GeneralRe: video capture Pinmemberalhambra-eidos20-May-08 23:05 
GeneralRe: video capture Pinmemberchasoknight23-Jul-08 0:08 
GeneralRe: video capture PinmemberAric Green23-Jan-10 4:59 
GeneralI want code and windown form of C# for application of listening music Pinmembermilkpig864-Apr-08 21:12 
GeneralRe: I want code and windown form of C# for application of listening music Pinmemberalhambra-eidos20-May-08 23:04 
GeneralI wants to get a snap from C# Application, of a person sitting in front of a WebCam. PinmemberMember 33318425-Dec-07 0:28 
GeneralI wants to get a snap from C# Application, of a person sitting in front of a WebCam. PinmemberMember 33318425-Dec-07 0:26 
QuestionHelp!! Pinmemberswlan7-Aug-07 17:52 
GeneralWebcam for engineering project Pinmemberang_ks9-Jul-07 21:20 
GeneralNeed help Pinmemberyaminisridaran12-Jul-07 0:09 
QuestionPicture control Pinmembertyagineha14-Jun-07 2:51 
Generaltwo web cameras! Pinmemberwindlfs12-Apr-07 20:20 
QuestionHow can it has sound ? Pinmemberngochuy23-Feb-07 1:17 
QuestionConvert into C# PinmemberMember #277582420-Feb-07 5:48 
QuestionConvert into C# PinmemberMember #277582420-Feb-07 5:48 
QuestionConvet in C# PinmemberMember #277582420-Feb-07 5:45 
GeneralSave Image Pinmembersprmat848-Feb-07 12:16 

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