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Windows Media video chatting tool

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Videochat app using Windows Media technology.

Sample screenshot

Video chat using Winsock and Windows media

This software allows one to setup a server and engage in video chatting using Windows media technology. It makes use of capability within "Windows Media Format" SDK to capture audio/video, compress it and deliver it to a client via the "Windows Media Encoder". Windows Media itself is better suited for content distribution, not live video chat. Included within the software is a simple text chat client which coordinates text chat between members in a certain chat room. Below is a list of the core classes and a brief description.

Within the client app, which is the CPianChat app is:

class CEncoderImpl

The above class is the utility class, used to manipulate the encoder interface.

static IWMEncoder* pEncoder;//encoder interface

void CreateEnc();           //initializes the encoder interface
void StartEncoder();        //starts the encoder
void StopEncoding();        //stops encoder
void Setport();             //set port that other's should connect to.

This class encapsulates the Windows Media Player control.

 class CMediaPlayer2

void Open(LPCTSTR bstrFileName);
//opens a connect to some chatter at "bstrFileName"

To set up the chat server, you'll need a static address for others to connect to. dns2go has what you need. Download the app, select a server name and publish the address (of course, how you accomplish that is your problem :)) for others to use.

You also need to include the path of the WMSDK include folder to the VC++ 6.0 directory list. Install the Windows Media Encoder. Register the Windows Media Player control (it used to be called wmp.ocx).

With all of the above done, you're ready to video chat. :)

Pump up your app, go to Tools and start the encoder. Find a room or create one. There's a lot of room for improvement and feature additions. Questions are welcome. Jobs too :).


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QuestionFailed3 error Pin
Peter Eugene Coleman14-Feb-13 5:07
memberPeter Eugene Coleman14-Feb-13 5:07 
I tried again to get the program to run. This time on both XP and Windows 7. I get the same problem on both. When it gets to the line hr = MediaSourceCol->Add(L"SG_1", &VidAudGroup); it just stops with a Failed3 message. I have read the inputs from other people and they may have gotten further than I did. Can anyone make a suggestion? The reason I wish to pursue this is that this looks like it would be a very useful program. Peadar
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Peter Eugene Coleman7-Jul-12 2:46
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GeneralMedia Player Controller can't display Pin
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General[My vote of 1] ha ha. Pin
josmoi29-Apr-09 22:34
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Questionhow to start with wmp Pin
hariprasada24-Sep-08 20:22
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Generaladd video chat to my website Pin
bigphil3-Mar-08 7:39
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Generaldont run in windowsXP Pin
hanlwang28-Dec-05 22:30
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QuestionCan anyone capture a image? Pin
amir mortazavi10-Jun-05 5:49
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GeneralMedia player control can't play wmv and wma files!!!! Pin
mahila15-Feb-05 20:39
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GeneralProblem running on Your sample over internet Pin
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GeneralAbout "Failed3" problem Pin
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