ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK - C# - Capture Video From Given Window - ByteScout

ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK – C# – Capture Video From Given Window

  • Home
  • /
  • Articles
  • /
  • ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK – C# – Capture Video From Given Window

How to capture video from given window in C# and ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK

This code in C# shows how to capture video from given window with this how to tutorial

Every ByteScout tool contains example C# source codes that you can find here or in the folder with installed ByteScout product. ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK is the SDK for developers for quick implementation of screen video recording. The SDK records screen into video or into a series of screenshots. Can also record audio. Saves video into AVI,WMV and Google’s WebM. Output video quality, size, resolution or framerate can be adjusted easily. Provides additional tools for privacy features like blacking out on scren areas with sensitive information on screen right during recording. Supports web camera as input and can add instant text and images into video output and you can use it to capture video from given window with C#.

The SDK samples like this one below explain how to quickly make your application do capture video from given window in C# with the help of ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK. Just copy and paste the code into your C# application’s code and follow the instruction. Enjoy writing a code with ready-to-use sample C# codes.

ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK free trial version is available on our website. C# and other programming languages are supported.

Try it today: Get 60 Day Free Trial or sign up for Web API

Program.cs
      
using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; using System.Threading; using System.Diagnostics; using System.Windows.Forms; using System.Drawing; using BytescoutScreenCapturingLib; // import bytescout screen capturing activex object // NOTE: if you are getting error like "invalid image" related to loading the SDK's dll then // try to do the following: // 1) remove the reference to the SDK by View - Solution Explorer // then click on References, select Bytescout... reference name and right-click it and select Remove // 2) To re-add click on the menu: Project - Add Reference // 3) In "Add Reference" dialog switch to "COM" tab and find Bytescout... // 4) Select it and click "Add" // 5) Recompile the application // Note: if you need to run on both x64 and x86 then please make sure you have set "Embed Interop Types" to True for this reference namespace SimpleCaptureCSharp { class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { Capturer capturer = new Capturer(); // create new screen capturer object capturer.CapturingType = CaptureAreaType.catWindow; // set capturing area type to Mouse type (to record from the given area near the mouse) capturer.OutputFileName = "GivenWindowCaptured.wmv"; // set output video filename to .WMV or .AVI file // set window to capture MessageBox.Show("Please run Internet Explorer (this sample will capture video from IE) and click OK"); // set window to capture to Internet Explorer to capture video from Internet Explorer capturer.WindowToCapture = "Internet Explorer"; // set output video width and height capturer.OutputWidth = 640; capturer.OutputHeight = 480; // WMV and WEBM output use WMVVideoBitrate property to control output video bitrate // so try to increase it by x2 or x3 times if you think the output video are you are getting is laggy // capturer.WMVVideoBitrate = capturer.WMVVideoBitrate * 2; // uncomment to set Bytescout Lossless Video format output video compression method // do not forget to set file to .avi format if you use Video Codec Name // capturer.CurrentVideoCodecName = "Bytescout Lossless"; // uncomment to enable recording of semitransparent or layered windows (Warning: may cause mouse cursor flickering) // capturer.CaptureTransparentControls = true; // set border around captured area if we are not capturing entire screen if ( capturer.CapturingType != CaptureAreaType.catScreen && capturer.CapturingType != CaptureAreaType.catWebcamFullScreen ) { // set border style capturer.CaptureAreaBorderType = CaptureAreaBorderType.cabtDashed; capturer.CaptureAreaBorderColor = (uint)ColorTranslator.ToOle(Color.Red); } capturer.Run(); // run screen video capturing // IMPORTANT: if you want to check for some code if need to stop the recording then make sure you are // using Thread.Sleep(1) inside the checking loop, so you have the loop like // Do { // Thread.Sleep(1) // } // While(StopButtonNotClicked); Console.WriteLine("Capturing entire screen for 15 seconds..."); Thread.Sleep(15000); // wait for 15 seconds capturer.Stop(); // stop video capturing // Release resources System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(capturer); capturer = null; Console.WriteLine("Done"); Process.Start("GivenWindowCaptured.wmv"); } } }

Try it today: Get 60 Day Free Trial or sign up for Web API

SimpleCaptureCSharp.VS2005.csproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>8.0.50727</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{21F1C67C-7C5A-46F4-ADB8-84FC70E99969}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>SimpleCaptureCSharp</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>SimpleCaptureCSharp</AssemblyName> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG;TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Windows.Forms" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Reference Include="System.Drawing" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Program.cs" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildBinPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

Try it today: Get 60 Day Free Trial or sign up for Web API

SimpleCaptureCSharp.VS2008.csproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="3.5"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>9.0.21022</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{21F1C67C-7C5A-46F4-ADB8-84FC70E99969}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>SimpleCaptureCSharp</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>SimpleCaptureCSharp</AssemblyName> <OldToolsVersion>2.0</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v3.5</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG;TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Windows.Forms" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Reference Include="System.Drawing" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Program.cs" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

Try it today: Get 60 Day Free Trial or sign up for Web API

SimpleCaptureCSharp.VS2010.csproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="4.0"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion> </ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{21F1C67C-7C5A-46F4-ADB8-84FC70E99969}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>SimpleCaptureCSharp</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>SimpleCaptureCSharp</AssemblyName> <OldToolsVersion>3.5</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.0</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG;TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Windows.Forms" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Reference Include="System.Drawing" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Program.cs" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

Try it today: Get 60 Day Free Trial or sign up for Web API

MORE INFORMATION

Get 60 Day Free Trial or Visit ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK page

Explore ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK documentation

WEB API VERSION

Sign Up for free Web API key

Explore Web API Documentation

Tutorials:

prev
next