Send/Receive raw data of Bitmap

Hi, I am making a simple streaming video.
I need to turn a lot of bitmap into raw data and send it out using UDP Client.
Then, UDP Server receives the raw data and retrive the bitmap.
There is a simple UDPClient:

                UdpClient udpClient = new UdpClient();
                Byte[] inputToBeSent = new Byte[256];
                inputToBeSent = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes("RRRRR".ToCharArray());
                udpClient.Connect(IPAddress.Parse(""), 11001);
                int nBytesSent = udpClient.Send(inputToBeSent, inputToBeSent.Length);

The bitmap object is created by:
                Bitmap bitmapPic = new Bitmap(pictureBox.Image);

What Encoding and Decoding function should I use to generate Bitmap raw data?
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vo1dConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you can compress the bytestream of the bitmap with a lossless encoding like zip does.
you can found an opensource implementation of ziplib here:

to get the raw data of that bitmap, use the lockbits / unlockbits functionality of the bitmap class.
by using lockbits on a bitmap, you will get a bitmapdata object which holds the pixels rawdata.

here is an example how to use that functionallity:

private void LockUnlockBitsExample(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create a new bitmap.
    Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap("c:\\fakePhoto.jpg");

    // Lock the bitmap's bits.  
    Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(0, 0, bmp.Width, bmp.Height);
    System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData bmpData =
        bmp.LockBits(rect, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageLockMode.ReadWrite,
    // Get the address of the first line.
   IntPtr ptr = bmpData.Scan0;

    // Declare an array to hold the bytes of the bitmap.
    // This code is specific to a bitmap with 24 bits per pixels.
    int bytes = bmp.Width * bmp.Height * 3;
    byte[] rgbValues = new byte[bytes];

    // Copy the RGB values into the array.
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(ptr, rgbValues, 0, bytes);

    // Set every red value to 255.  
    for (int counter = 0; counter < rgbValues.Length; counter+=3)
        rgbValues[counter] = 255;
    // Copy the RGB values back to the bitmap
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(rgbValues, 0, ptr, bytes);

    // Unlock the bits.

    // Draw the modified image.
    e.Graphics.DrawImage(bmp, 0, 150);


you can fasten that implementation , because you only wanna copy the data.
u can read each pixel info(rgb) by reading an int instead of reading each byte of one pixel.
all that can be done in an unsafe method by using pointers.
let me know, if you are interested in it.
oh sorry, i just saw, that that example copies the data by using the marshaller class.
so no need for an unsafe method with pointers ;)
Bob LearnedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have 2005, you can compress without a 3rd party DLL.

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ddlamAuthor Commented:
vo1d, so which code could be simplified?
ddlamAuthor Commented:
I am using vb 2005 standard but my aim is make the bmp deliverable as I don't know how to get the raw data of the bitmap and convert the raw data into deliverable format.
Bob LearnedCommented:
Here is a class to convert to/from an image and a byte array:

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Imaging;
using System.IO;

public class MemoryImage

  public Image ByteArrayToImage(byte[] buffer, string fileName)
    MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(buffer);
    Image img = Image.FromStream(ms);
    return img;

  public byte[] ImageToByteArray(Image img, ImageFormat format)
    MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream();
    img.Save(ms, format);
    return ms.ToArray();

to get the bytes of your image, you can use thelearnedone's methods.
but i woul recommend in changing the ImageToByteArray method, because it will have some overhead in memory usage by using the method ToArray().
you have the image data in the memorystream and than have to copy teh data into a bytearray.

to use therse methods:

public Bitmap BitmapFromByteArray(byte[] buffer)
  MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(buffer);
  Bitmap bmp = Bitmap.FromStream(ms);

public byte[] BitmapToByteArray(Bitmap bmp)
  Rectangle rect                                               = new Rectangle(0, 0, bmp.Width, bmp.Height);
  System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData bmpData = bmp.LockBits(rect, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageLockMode.ReadOnly, bmp.PixelFormat);
  IntPtr ptr                                                       = bmpData.Scan0;
  byte[] data= new byte[(bmp.Width * bmp.Height)<<2];
  System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(ptr, data, 0, data.Length);
  return (data);

so thats two methods with which you can work.
as i said before, you should compress that byte array before sending and decompress after receipt but before pushing it into the BitmapFromByteArray method.
ddlamAuthor Commented:
Finally, I use ImageConverter. Thanks all.
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