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Minimal javascript library for integrating a webcam and snapshots into your app.

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Say Cheese!

A minimal library for integrating webcam snapshots into your app. It uses getUserMedia, a recent API for accessing audio and video in the browser.

Setup

Grab the JS, host it, and add it to your page. For example:

<script src='/assets/js/say-cheese.js'></script>

Usage

Say Cheese exposes a minimal, event based API:

var sayCheese = new SayCheese('#container-element', { snapshots: true });

sayCheese.on('start', function() {
 // do something when started
 this.takeSnapshot();
});

sayCheese.on('error', function(error) {
 // handle errors, such as when a user denies the request to use the webcam,
 // or when the getUserMedia API isn't supported
});

sayCheese.on('snapshot', function(snapshot) {
  // do something with a snapshot canvas element, when taken
});

sayCheese.start();

Taking snapshots

You can take a snapshot at any time after initialisation, by calling takeSnapshot():

sayCheese.on('snapshot', function(snapshot) {
  // do something with the snapshot
});

sayCheese.takeSnapshot();

I don't want snapshots; just give me the video!

No problem. Just disable it when you first create the instance:

var sayCheese = new SayCheese('#container-element', { snapshots: false });

Note that when you do this, takeSnapshot() will not do anything.

Stopping the show

There's also a function to stop the webcam after loading it up:

sayCheese.on('stop', function() {
  // do something when it's stopped
});

sayCheese.stop();

Audio support

getUserMedia also allows you to use your mic, so you can turn audio on if you need it like this:

var sayCheese = new SayCheese('#container-element', { audio: true });

This might be useful if you're using Say Cheese for the unified browser support, and not just taking pictures.

Resources, things using Say Cheese, etc.

getUserMedia on the server, with Sinatra and Say Cheese

If you have any useful resources, or things you did with Say Cheese that you think should be shown off, by all means open a pull request or an issue or whatever.

Tests

Some basic tests cover the callback functionality. They were written to be run in a browser that supports the getUserMedia API. Due to the nature of that API, there is no automation for allowing or denying the request, so it has to be done manually for each one.

Compatibility

Tested and verified to work in:

  • Firefox Nightly, Aurora, Beta
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera

Firefox caveats

  • The beta release of Firefox supports a lower resolution compared to Opera and Chrome. This has been improved in Aurora and Nightly and may hopefully work its way into stable in the next version or two.

License

Copyright (C) 2012 Lee Machin

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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