I am trying to write a a simple program that converts video from my webcam into ASCII text, like an ASCII art video. I currently have Visual Studio 2008, and will soon upgrade to VS 2010. My machine is Windows 7, 64 bit. My question is, which SDK can I use which will allow me to take frames from my webcam, process the frames, and then display them in a window. I know that if I would have asked this question in 2005, I would simply use avicap32.dll. As I understand it, though, this has been superceded by Microsoft Media Foundation. Extracting RGB data from a webcam frame and converting to text seems really difficult in Media Foundation. So my question is, what should I use? Should I try to go back and use the DirectShow libraries?
Thanks in advance!