Camera Example

Shows how to capture a still image or record video. or video.

The Camera Example demonstrates how you can use Qt Multimedia to implement some basic Camera functionality to take still images and record video clips with audio.

Running the Example

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The example implements a Camera class that acts as our camera interface. It has a user interface, control functions, setting values and a means of defining the location where the image or video clip is to be saved. It will also store the image and video settings.

The Camera class uses:

  • An instance of QCamera, the API class interface to the hardware.
  • An instance of QImageCapture to take still images.
  • An instance of QMediaRecorder to record video. It also contains the user interface object.

The Camera constructor does some basic initialization:

  • The user interface is initialized.
  • UI signals are connected to slots that react to the triggering event.

However, most of the work is done when the setCamera() function is called, passing in a QCameraDevice.

setCamera() sets up various connections between the user interface and the functionality of the Camera class using signals and slots. It also instantiates and initializes the QCamera, QImageCapture, and QMediaRecorder objects mentioned above. The still and video recording visual tabs are enabled and finally the start() function of the QCamera object is called.

Now that the camera is ready for user commands it waits for a suitable event. Such an event can be a key press of either the Qt::Key_CameraFocus or Qt::Key_Camera buttons on the application window. Camera focus will simply display the preview and lock the camera settings. Key_Camera will either call takeImage() if doing an image capture, or call record() or stop() (if already recording) on the QMediaRecorder instance when recording video.

Example project @ code.qt.io

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