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Displaying a QVideoFrame in a QVideoWidget

  • Hello everyone!
    I'm new here, and I've already got a question.

    I would like to display a QVideoFrame in a QVideoWidget, is it possible?
    I'm writing a video conferencing app, and I need an efficient way to display QVideoFrames as I may need to display a few ones at the same moment (from multiple users).

    I have already tried converting the video frame to a QImage and then displaying it in a QLabel, but the frame was upside down. Here's the code I used:

    QVideoFrame vf(frame); // frame is a QVideoFrame probed by a QVideoProbe
    QImage img(vf.bits(), vf.width(), vf.height(), QVideoFrame::imageFormatFromPixelFormat(vf.pixelFormat()));

    I guess that doing it with a QVideoWidget would be much more efficient because that's the purpose of it, but I don't see how it works. I found an example of its usage, but it has nothing to do with what I want to do (displaying a QVideoFrame).

    I'm using Qt 5.11 on Windows 8.1, with MSVC 2015.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Where are you video frames coming from ?

  • Thanks for the reply.
    I'm sorry for the very late answer, I didn't get any notification and I completely forgot this topic..

    My frames are coming from a QVideoProbe attached to a QCamera.

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    Why not use the QCameraViewFinder ?

  • I can use it, but I need to send the video over the network.
    I there a way to grab the QVideoFrames using the QCameraViewfinder?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    How do you want to send your video frames over the network ?

  • I would like to convert them to QImages and send the bits, the format and other things via QUdpSockets and build the images back again.
    I can do the conversion stuff and it works perfectly, but I need an efficient way to grab the frames from a viewfinder.

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    Shouldn't you rather use a known streaming format for that ?

  • Do you mean I should use a format like AVI, MP4, MOV or WMV?
    Can't I just send the video frames raw data?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    No those are video file format and/or containers.

    I mean streaming as described in this basic gstreamer tutorial.

    You even have the QtGstreamer module that would allow you to setup more easily a system that can both show your video on screen and stream it over the network.

  • Thanks for your help!

    I didn't know GStreamer, I'm going to check this out.

    Once I have solved my problem, I will post my solution here and mark the thread as solved.

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