This chapter shows you how to get started with ActiveDcam control in Visual C#. With just a few mouse clicks and a few lines of code, you will be able to display a live video image in your C# program and report a value of a pixel pointed by a mouse cursor in real time.
Creating the Project
In the .NET development environment select New -> Project. The New Project Dialog box will appear. Select Visual C# projects on the left and Windows Application on the right. In the Name filed below type the name of your application, for instance MyActiveDcam and click OK . The project will be created, and the main application form will be displayed for editing.
Creating the Control
In the Toolbox select Components. From the Tools menu select Choose Items... -> COM Componente and then select ActiveDcam Class from the list. You will see ActiveDcam icon appear at the bottom of the toolbox.
Click the ActiveDcam icon in the Toolbox and draw a rectangular area on the form. A rectangle with the text "ActiveDcam Control" will appear on the form, and the Properties window on the right will display ActiveDcam's properties.
Selecting the Camera
In the properties window, click the Camera property. The list box will display all DCAM compatible cameras connected to your system. Select the one you intend to use:
Selecting the Video Mode
In the Properties window, click the Mode property. The list box will display all the video modes available for the chosen camera. Select the one you intend to use:
Modifying the Control's appearance
In the Properties window scroll up to the DCAM Source category and set the Edge and ScrollBars fields to "Yes"
Adding the Start button
In the Toolbox select Windows Form , click on the Button icon and then draw a rectangular area on the program dialog. A button "Button1" will appear. Go to the Property window and change the Text property to "Start". Double click on the button. A new member function button1_Click will be added to the Form1 source window. Insert one line to the function body:
From the Debug menu of the development environment select Start or press F5. This will build and run the application. The application dialog will appear on the screen with a black image window and empty text boxes. Click the Start button to activate the continuous video acquisition and move the mouse cursor over the image window. You are now able to watch and scroll the live image and analyze pixel coordinates and values - all in real time!