ImageCapture.grabFrame()

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The grabFrame() property of the ImageCapture interface takes a snapshot of the live video in a MediaStreamTrack, returning an ImageBitmap, if successful.

Syntax

ImageCapture.grabFrame().then(function(imageBitmap) { ... })

Parameters

None.

Return value

A Promise that resolves to an ImageBitmap object.

Example

This example is extracted from this Simple Image Capture demo. It shows how to use the Promise returned by grabFrame() to copy the returned frame to a <canvas> element. For simplicy it does not show how to instantiate the image capture object.

var grabFrameButton = document.querySelector('button#grabFrame');
var canvas = document.querySelector('canvas');

grabFrameButton.onclick = grabFrame;

function grabFrame() {
  imageCapture.grabFrame()
  .then(function(imageBitmap) {
    console.log('Grabbed frame:', imageBitmap);
    canvas.width = imageBitmap.width;
    canvas.height = imageBitmap.height;
    canvas.getContext('2d').drawImage(imageBitmap, 0, 0);
    canvas.classList.remove('hidden');
  })
  .catch(function(error) {
    console.log('grabFrame() error: ', error);
  });
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
MediaStream Image Capture
The definition of 'grabFrame()' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support
Experimental
Chrome Full support 59Edge ? Firefox ? IE ? Opera Full support 46Safari ? WebView Android Full support 59Chrome Android Full support 59Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android ? Opera Android Full support 46Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support 7.0

Legend

Full support  
Full support
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Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

Document Tags and Contributors

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Last updated by: fscholz,