[UWP][VB]View Pixels of a SoftwareBitmap RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a SoftwareBitmap obtained from MediaCapture, and I would like to view the individual pixels. How do I do this? Thanks.

    Nathan Sokalski njsokalski@hotmail.com http://www.nathansokalski.com/

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:55 PM

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  • Hello,

    Read SoftwareBitmap first: Use CopyToBuffer and CopyFromBuffer to copy pixel data back and forth between a SoftwareBitmap and the PixelBuffer of a WriteableBitmap.

    Then see WriteableBitmap

    The image source data of a WriteableBitmap is an underlying pixel buffer. WriteableBitmap.PixelBuffer cannot be written to directly, however, you can use language-specific techniques to access the buffer and change its contents.
    To access the pixel content from C# or Microsoft Visual Basic, you can use the AsStream extension method to access the underlying buffer as a stream.

    And to specific pixel, see the answer from this thread: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6b7a7beb-0e18-484f-8e9c-5fad3482485d/uwp-bitmap-class-access-raw-pixel-data?forum=wpdevelop 

    Where Rob has provided the answer for how to caculate the a pixel's position in the array. And here you can find a sample.

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    Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:52 AM
  • Hi Nathan,

    If you just want to display the video on the screen you should use the XAML CaptureElement to video the video. The only reason that you should be getting a bitmap from the MediaCature directly is if you want to manipulate the bits in some way. If you do plan to manipulate the video you should be using a video effect rather than trying to manipulate the buffer directly.


    Effects for video capture

    Custom video effects

    I hope this helps,


    Windows SDK Technologies - Microsoft Developer Services - http://blogs.msdn.com/mediasdkstuff/

    • Proposed as answer by Barry Wang Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:03 AM
    Friday, June 22, 2018 9:23 PM