I’ll just want to inform you that there’ll be soon a new category. The category will be named “wiki” and gradually filled with articles, which on the contrary to my other articles on this blog, will completely missing my personal touch. The articles should be seen as pure knowledge articles which are totally free from any comments of mine or my personal opinion.
If you now ask yourself, “Why does he do that?” I’ll say, “let me explain it to you.” A couple of times there have been articles where I used techniques and terms whiche are not very common. So as not to bloat these articles with all that nerdy stuff, I will create wiki articles on specific topics, which you can work through, to get the necessary background knowledge for the main articles.
What is the easiest way to use a webcam in C# and record from it? If you search for an answer to this question you’ll find a lot of articles in the internet but most of them are many pages long and very confusing. However that isn’t really necessary. With the aid of the AForge.NET library you can do the given task really easy. Just a few lines of C# code are enough to drive your webcam and capture images from it. In the following I’ll show you how to handle the AForge library.
What do you need?
The AForge.Video.dll together with the AForge.Video.DirectShow.dll
Both dlls can be found on the AForge website inside the “(libs only)” zip-archive.
A simple winforms-application, with a picturebox on its gui
A webcam. For example this one:
Today I’ll show you how to compress your images with help of the JPEG-codec in C#. You will be able to choose the grade of compression. So it’s your choice, if the function should produce smaller filesize or better quality of images.
private void CompressImage(Image sourceImage, int imageQuality, string savePath)
//Create an ImageCodecInfo-object for the codec information
ImageCodecInfo jpegCodec = null;
//Set quality factor for compression
EncoderParameter imageQualitysParameter = new EncoderParameter(
//List all avaible codecs (system wide)
ImageCodecInfo alleCodecs = […]
To take a screenshot is one thing. One click on the print key or a small program, which uses the c# screenshot capture method, I showed you the last time, are enough to take a beautiful screenshot.
But what should you do, if you want to capture a whole website? The most websites are “longer” as your screen is high. Thereby most common ways to capture a screenshot will become useless.
But don’t fear – C# can of course solve this problem. If you want to capture a screenshot of a complete website, take a look at the following snippet.
private void WebsiteScreenshot(string url, string file)
//Create a webbrwoser object
WebBrowser browser = new WebBrowser();
//Deactivate scrollbars, unless you want them to
//appear on your screenshot
browser.ScrollBarsEnabled = false;
The subsequent code snippet can be used to take screenshots in C#.Net. The screenshots, you capture with the following snippet, equal to the screenshots you take by pressing the print-key on your keyboard. (Certainly aside from the fact that the screenshot won’t be in your clipboard, but you will get a bitmap object, which can be used to manipulte in anyway you like in C#.)
Because the the source code is very short, I’ll let it speak for itself.
private Bitmap Screenshot()
//Create a bitmap with the same dimensions like the screen
Bitmap screen = new Bitmap(SystemInformation.VirtualScreen.Width,
//Create graphics object from bitmap