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Capture Webcam Image in MS Access form field

Posted on 2011-02-19
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Hi,

I have almost completed a database to log visitors and times.  
I have a form with visit details of the visitor and who they are visiting.

However, I still need to find a way to do the following:

I want to be able to click a button on the form and capture the webcam.
I then want this captured image to be stored in the frame on the form and then update the table Visitors.

I have never used a webcam within Access so haven't a clue where to start.

Cheers people!
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Question by:Howco
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I'm not sure, but I THINK you would need to use the DirectShow API - you can start looking here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms783323(v=vs.85).aspx
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by:ErezMor
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there are several ways to go around this, i ended up using WIA (windows image acquiring...?)
using this, and a logitech web-cam i could take a picture from an access form and then do whatever with it.
it mentioned the web cam since this wia doesnt (or didnt at the time, around 2006-7) support all web cams and some i tested just didnt do the trick (while still functioning otherwise)

if i can remember right, it's all  in wiaaut.dll which is supposed to be in system32 forlder
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by:Gugro
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform) earned 2000 total points
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Besides capturing images, DBPix does a LOT more.

http://www.ammara.com/

I can totally vouch for this program.  

It does *all* the work for you. Examples show how to add a simple 'control' panel to Load, Save, Zoom In/Out, Size To Fit and much more.  AND ... virtually eliminates BLOAT associated with storing images in an Access MDB. I have 3 clients who sell commercial run-time products that use DBPix.

Note. I have no connection with DBPix ... except I have used it many times ... as have several of my clients.  Fantastic product.

mx
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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One thing to note is the resolution of the web cam.

A lot of web cams do not have a high enough resolution to be used as a "camera" that and produce really clear images...
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by:Howco
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It is only to capture visitor pictures for a gatepass database.

I have done the vast majority of it now.  I just need to sort out the image capture side of it.

I am about to test the options given.  I will report back later today.

Thanks for all of your input.
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by:Howco
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This seems like the better solution after trying them all.

Many thanks guys.
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