WebCamImageSave v1.11
Copyright (c) 2011 - 2012 Nir Sofer

Description

WebCamImageSave is simple WebCam capture utility that allows you to easily capture a still image from your camera every number of seconds that you choose, and save it into image file (.jpg, .png, .bmp) on your disk. You can format the saved image filename with the date/time that the image was taken according to your preference, for example: c:\images\img20110725_123256.jpg
WebCamImageSave also adds a label with the date/time that the image was captured into the image, by using the font, color, and date/time format that you choose.
You can also capture a single camera image from command-line, without displaying any user interface.

System Requirements

  • Any version of Windows, starting from Windows XP. You can also use this utility in Windows 2000, if GDI+ is installed.
  • Any WebCam that works with 'Video For Windows' (VFW)

Known Problems and Limitations

WebCamImageSave is currently based on 'Video For Windows' API (VFW), which is a very old and problematic programming interface for capturing camera images/video, available in all versions of Windows.
This programming interface has some limitations:
  • It doesn't work well with more than one camera. If you have more than one camera plugged to your computer, unfriendly dialog-box of VFW will appear on the screen and you'll requested to choose the desired camera.
  • VFW may cause WebCamImageSave to hang in some circumstances, for example, if you unplug the WebCam while WebCamImageSave is running.
  • Controlling the camera settings, like brightness and contrast, is done with external dialog-boxes provided by 'Video For Windows' API.

    It's possible that in the future, I'll modify this utility to work with DirectShow programming interfaces to solve the above problems.

    Versions History

    • Version 1.11:
      • Fixed WebCamImageSave to save the label position in the .cfg file.
    • Version 1.10:
      • Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On Tray' option are turned on, the main window of WebCamImageSave will be invisible on start.
    • Version 1.05:
      • Added 'Load label text from a file' option.
    • Version 1.00 - First release.

    Start Using WebCamImageSave

    WebCamImageSave doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - WebCamImageSave.exe
    If your WebCam is already plugged to your computer, you should see a live image from your camera in the main window of WebCamImageSave.
    When running WebCamImageSave in the first time, the 'Capture Options' window appears on the screen, and asks you to choose the filename for saving the WebCam images and all other settings.

    If the 'Automatically capture every...' option is turned on, WebCamImageSave will capture the image and save it into a file in the interval that you choose, as long as WebCamImageSave is running. You can also manually capture a single image by pressing F8.

    Formatting Filename and Label With Current Date/Time

    In both filename and custom label fields, you can use a special variables for formatting the filename and image label according to the current date/time:
    • %time:[format]%
    • %date:[format]%

    The time format string may contain the following elements: (The format string is case sensitive !)
    hHours with no leading zero for single-digit hours; 12-hour clock.
    hhHours with leading zero for single-digit hours; 12-hour clock.
    H Hours with no leading zero for single-digit hours; 24-hour clock.
    HH Hours with leading zero for single-digit hours; 24-hour clock.
    m Minutes with no leading zero for single-digit minutes.
    mm Minutes with leading zero for single-digit minutes.
    s Seconds with no leading zero for single-digit seconds.
    ss Seconds with leading zero for single-digit seconds.
    t One character time-marker string, such as A or P.
    tt Multicharacter time-marker string, such as AM or PM.

    The date format string may contain the following elements: (The format string is case sensitive !)
    d Day of month as digits with no leading zero for single-digit days.
    dd Day of month as digits with leading zero for single-digit days.
    ddd Day of week as a three-letter abbreviation.
    dddd Day of week as its full name.
    M Month as digits with no leading zero for single-digit months.
    MM Month as digits with leading zero for single-digit months.
    MMM Month as a three-letter abbreviation.
    MMMM Month as its full name.
    y Year as last two digits, but with no leading zero for years less than 10.
    yy Year as last two digits, but with leading zero for years less than 10.
    yyyy Year represented by full four digits.

    Here's some examples for filename strings with date/time format:
    c:\images\image%date:MMddyyyy%%time:HHmmss%.jpg
    c:\images\%date:yyyyMMdd%\%time:HHmmss%.jpg
    c:\images\image%date:ddMMyyyy%_%time:HHmm%.jpg

    Be aware that if a folder formatted with date/time doesn't exist, WebCamImageSave will automatically create it for you.

    Command-Line Options

    /capture Captures image and saves it into a file, according the last settings stored in the .cfg file. You can override the .cfg settings by using the command-line options specified below.
    /Filename <Image File> Specifies the filename to save the image.
    /ImageQuality <Value> Specifies the JPEG file quality (0 - 100)

    /FontBold <0 | 1>
    /FontSize <Value>
    /FontName <Name>
    Specifies the font size/name.

    /LabelColor <Color>
    /ShadeColor <Color>
    Specifies the font colors.

    Example:
    WebCamImageSave.exe /capture /LabelColor ff0000 /FontBold 1 /FontSize 16 /FontName "Arial" /Filename "c:\images\camimage.jpg"

    Translating WebCamImageSave to other languages

    In order to translate WebCamImageSave to other language, follow the instructions below:
    1. Run WebCamImageSave with /savelangfile parameter:
      WebCamImageSave.exe /savelangfile
      A file named WebCamImageSave_lng.ini will be created in the folder of WebCamImageSave utility.
    2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
    3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
    4. After you finish the translation, Run WebCamImageSave, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
      If you want to run WebCamImageSave without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

    License

    This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

    Disclaimer

    The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

    Feedback

    If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

    Download WebCamImageSave

    WebCamImageSave is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of WebCamImageSave, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'webcamimagesave_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed WebCamImageSave utility.

    LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
    ArabicAbo Rehaam 14/02/20121.10
    Czech Buchtič 23/07/20121.11
    DutchJan Verheijen 16/06/20121.11
    German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de 17/03/20131.11
    Greek geogeo.gr 25/06/20121.11
    ItalianDiego 24/04/20121.00
    JapaneseTattu 08/02/20121.10
    Polish Mariusz Kolacz 20/05/20131.11
    Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 15/06/20121.11
    RussianDmitry Yerokhin 07/02/20121.10
    Simplified Chineseqzwqzw 20/02/20121.10
    Spanish Pablo Bravo 22/11/20111.00
    Traditional ChineseAbel Chuang 18/06/20121.11
    Turkish Bilisim 21/01/20121.05

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