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Saving a DDSurface to .bmp file

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I curently building a game developping tool that use DirectDraw and VB, it's near completion, the last thing left is the saving feature that will take a DirectDraw surface and save it to the disk.  I search the web, all my books and ask on many message board, but no one has reply me with something I could use.  I really need an answer it's the sixth day I'm on this problem.

Thank you.
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I don't think there's any easy way to do this. The method I once used (albeit in C, not VB) went as follows:

1) Get a device context for the DD surface using GetDC().
2) Create a compatible memory DC using the API function CreateCompatibleDC().
3) Use API function CreateDIBSection() to create a DIB of the appropriate size.
4) Select this DIB into the memory DC created in step 2.
5) Use BitBlt() to copy the DD surface from the DC in (1) to the memory DC.

The DIBSection now contains the DirectDraw surface as a DIB, and you can do what you like with it.
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"HOWTO: Capture and Print the Screen, a Form, or any Window"

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q161/2/99.ASP
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Erick37: Are you sure that method will work with a DirectDraw surface...particularly if it has no window associated with it?

Kayan: I should clarify my earlier answer by saying the GetDC() call in step 1 is the GetDC() method of the DirectDrawSurface interface, not the normal Windows GetDC() call.
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pjknibbs:Now I searching a way to get it work in vb with a call to gdi32.  And I need a call to CreateFileMaping because the hSection of CreateDIBSection need to be notnull if a want to be able to use the handle to the bitmap.

Erick37:No there is no window associated with it, it's a memory surface.

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pjknibbs:Now I searching a way to get it work in vb with a call to gdi32.  And I need a call to CreateFileMaping because the hSection of CreateDIBSection need to be notnull if a want to be able to use the handle to the bitmap.

Erick37:No there is no window associated with it, it's a memory surface.

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Yes, I hadn't thought of that. You can do it without using the DIB section, but it's a bit more complicated. Basically, instead of CreateDIBSection() you use CreateCompatibleBitmap(); after you've done the step 5 blit you have to call GetDIBits() to retrieve the bitmap as a DIB.

I'm not sure what you mean about the call to GDI32, however.
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In the MS article I pointed to, the window handle is only used in getting the DC of the target for subsequent bitblting to a memory DC.  If GetDC() works, then the article may provide some hints as to capturing the image.
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