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Re: Good example for media capture and streams

From: Michael Heuberger <michael.heuberger@binarykitchen.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:54:05 +1300
Message-ID: <515E20AD.3070701@binarykitchen.com>
To: public-media-capture@w3.org
Thanks Adam.

Of course I'll have to be specific here. Now that I have introduced 
myself, let me outline few issues with Media Capture and Streams I had 
and think need improvement:

  * Not all browsers (Chrome + Firefox) throw the same error codes for
    the same situations, i.E. PERMISSION_DENIED:
      o Firefox throws a HARDWARE_UNAVAILABLE when the webcam is already
        busy in another window.
      o Chrome throws HARDWARE_UNAVAILABLE when the user hasn't granted
        access to there webcam yet (for that situation Firefox throws a
  * Do you all know node.js? In node.js there is only one callback
    instead of two, a success and an error callback. Here a proposal:
      o navigator.getUserMedia(constraints, callback) instead of
        navigator.getUserMedia (constraints, successCallback,
      o The callback has two parameters: callback(err, localMediaStream)
        and that looks like node.js where the error is always the first
        parameter in a callback function.
      o An advantage of such a change would be better compatibility with
        their huge library of other useful functions we could combine with.
  * I feel combining getUserMedia with a video output via localStream
    and the 'loadedmetadata' event is a bit cumbersome. Why can't we
    simply pipe the one output with the one input and that's all?

That's all for now.


On 05/04/13 00:41, Adam Bergkvist wrote:
> On 2013-04-04 03:29, Michael Heuberger wrote:
>> Hello W3C editors of Media Capture and Streams
>> I'd like to point you to an interesting prototype that relies heavily on
>> your working draft about media capture and streams:
>> https://videomail.io
>> It is written in node.js and uses media streams to obtain images from
>> your webcam. Each frame is sent in real time and the server encodes a
>> video. It works perfectly without flash.
>> Of course I have some issues and ideas on how to improve the media
>> stream API. And most of all, I'm also excited about the other draft
>> about Media Stream Recording at
>> https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/dap/raw-file/tip/media-stream-capture/MediaRecorder.html 
>> If you could ping me back and tell me what you think of the prototype,
>> then we can go from there and I give you more feedback about the draft.
> It's really nice to get feedback from developers who have used the 
> APIs we specify in this working group. The easiest way to get stuff 
> fixed is to come with specific feedback on the parts the the 
> specification(s) that you think need improvements.
> /Adam


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