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Listing the audio and video capture devices using FireMonkey 2

RAD Studio XE3 includes new classes for identifying, managing and using the audio and video capture devices that are available on your target Windows and Mac computers.  In a previous blog post I showed you how write code that captures audio in a FireMonkey 2 Windows and Mac application.  In this blog post I show you how to list all of the audio and video capture devices that are available on a computer (you can do this using Delphi and C++Builder).  On my Mac, this code will find several audio capture devices, and the built-in camera.  The following is the output from the program when running on a MacBook Pro:

Here is the Delphi code used to display the devices in the bitmap above on my MacBook Pro:

  System.SysUtils, System.Types, System.UITypes, System.Rtti, System.Classes,
  System.Variants, FMX.Types, FMX.Controls, FMX.Forms, FMX.Dialogs, FMX.Layouts,
  FMX.Memo, FMX.Media;

  TForm3 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    Memo1: TMemo;
    Label1: TLabel;
    Button2: TButton;
    Label2: TLabel;
    Memo2: TMemo;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
    { Private declarations }
    NumberOfDevices : integer;
    { Public declarations }

{$R *.fmx}
uses System.TypInfo;

procedure TForm3.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  i : integer;
  // get the number of audio and video capture devices - if any
  NumberofDevices := TCaptureDeviceManager.Current.Count;
  Label1.Text := 'Devices: '+IntToStr(NumberOfDevices);
  // for each capture device, display the index, name, media type and the state
  for i := 0 to NumberOfDevices-1 do begin
      + ': "'
      + TCaptureDeviceManager.Current.Devices[i].Name
      + '", Type: '
      + GetEnumName(System.TypeInfo(TMediaType),
      + ', State: '
      + GetEnumName(System.TypeInfo(TCaptureDeviceState),

You can use TCaptureDeviceManager to provide user choices of the audio and video devices to use. On my Samsung Slate 7, running Windows 8 Professional, the code finds one audio capture device and two video cameras. I can use this information to provide a choice of which camera to use to grab video frames.

Have fun working with your audio and video capture devices using RAD Studio XE3 and FireMonkey 2.

{ 1 } Comments

  1. Mike | September 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    How would one select the input (like for a USB capture device) and select the video resolution?

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