How to use web camera in android emulator to capture a live image?

The question:

As far as i know, Android emulator doesn’t have a camera. To capture a live image we have to use the web camera. I have seen code in this web site to use the web camera in the android emulator to capture an image, but I don’t know how to use this code.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

  1. Download all the source files listed on the page: CameraSource, GenuineCamera, HttpCamera, SocketCamera, BitmapCamera, and WebcamBroadcaster.
  2. Create a package in your project called and place the first 4 source files inside.
  3. Download JMF from here and install it.
  4. Compile WebcamBroadcaster using the following command: “C:Program Files (x86)Javajdk1.6.0_15binjavac.exe” -classpath “C:Program Files (x86)JMF2.1.1elib” or what’s equivalent to it.
  5. Run it with the following command and keep it running: java “-Djava.library.path=C:Program Files (x86)JMF2.1.1dlib” WebcamBroadcaster
  6. Use the following code in your program:
CameraSource cs = new SocketCamera("", 9889, 320, 240, true);
if (! { 
/* deal with failure to obtain camera */ 
while(/*some condition*/) {   
cs.capture(canvas) //capture the frame onto the canvas

PS: I haven’t been able to test this because I’m getting an error when I run WebcamBroadcaster.

PPS: I just started experimenting with Android today so all this could be wrong.

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