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How do I copy the video stream from a buffer of webcam in C++ under Windows?

I work on a C++ project similar to SplitCam - http://www.splitcamera.com/ and I couldn't find out any way to create DirectShow Source Filter without input pins, that distributes video stream from a webcam to its output pin. I can neither find any API to initiate connection with a webcam from my filter, nor copy the video stream from a buffer of webcam to some temporary destination such as shared memory to use IPC. Please help.
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mkrueblAuthor Commented:
Yes, DirectShow can easily capture frames, but I need to access pixels of each frame to store them into shared memory.

Currently, I generate random frame each time it is called:

// This is where we insert the DIB bits into the video stream.
// FillBuffer is called once for every sample in the stream.
HRESULT MyOutputPin::FillBuffer(IMediaSample *pSample) {
      CheckPointer(pSample, E_POINTER);
    BYTE *pData;
    long lDataLen;

      lDataLen = pSample->GetSize();

      ZeroMemory(pData, lDataLen);
          CAutoLock cAutoLockShared(&m_cSharedState);
            long i;
            for (i = 0; i < lDataLen; i++) {
                  if (i & 1) {
                        pData[i] = rand() % 255;
                  } else {
                        pData[i] = rand() % 255;

    return S_OK; // S_FALSE End of stream, S_OK = filled

It will look similarly to http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/31543459/source-filters-fillbuffe.aspx when you tell me how to get BYTE *pData from each frame grabbed from a webcam.
You can use SampleGrabber to access pixels of each frame.

See the code below... I stripped all error checking for brevity... i may have striped something else by mistake... but it may give you some directions.

The 'mDShowSampleGrabberCB' object will be called every frame, as soon as a new frame is available.

//Callback class
class SampleGrabberCallback : public ISampleGrabberCB
        referenceCount = 0;
    /// Mandatory overrides
    STDMETHODIMP QueryInterface(REFIID riid, void **ppvObject)
        *ppvObject = static_cast<ISampleGrabberCB*>(this);
        return S_OK;
    STDMETHODIMP_(ULONG) AddRef(void)  { return ++referenceCount; }
    STDMETHODIMP_(ULONG) Release(void)
        if(referenceCount == 1)
            // clean Up
        return --referenceCount;
    // We receive here a pointer to the original buffer (we need to make a copy)
    STDMETHODIMP SampleCB(double Time, IMediaSample* pSample)
        unsigned char* ptrBuffer;
        HRESULT hr = pSample->GetPointer(&ptrBuffer);
        if(hr == S_OK)
            // do something with the buffer here...
            // something like:
            // int bufferLength = pSample->GetActualDataLength();
            // memcpy(mybuffer,ptrBuffer,bufferLength);
        return S_OK;
    // We won't use this... it returns a copy so it has more overhead
    STDMETHODIMP BufferCB(double Time, BYTE* pBuffer, long BufferLen){
       return E_NOTIMPL;
    unsigned int referenceCount;
};  // SampleGrabberCallback
/// then, somewhere in your code
// Create the sample grabber filter and add it to the graph
IBaseFilter* mDShowFilterGrabber;
hr = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_SampleGrabber,NULL,
hr = pGraph->AddFilter(mDShowFilterGrabber,L"Sample Grabber");
// Create the sample grabber
ISampleGrabber* mDShowSampleGrabber;
hr = mDShowFilterGrabber->QueryInterface(IID_ISampleGrabber,
// Sets the sample grabber media type
ZeroMemory(&mt, sizeof(AM_MEDIA_TYPE));
mt.majortype = MEDIATYPE_Video;
mt.subtype = MEDIASUBTYPE_RGB24;
hr = mDShowSampleGrabber->SetMediaType(&mt);
// Create the callback
SampleGrabberCallback* mDShowSampleGrabberCB;
mDShowSampleGrabberCB = new SampleGrabberCallback();
//Tell the grabber to use our callback function
//0 is for SampleCB and 1 for BufferCB
hr = mDShowSampleGrabber->SetCallback(mDShowSampleGrabberCB,0);

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mkrueblAuthor Commented:
That's exactly it! Thank you so much vhpgomes.

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