VideoSink.OnFormatChange Method

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When overridden in a derived class, is invoked when a video device reports a video format change.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)


Protected MustOverride Sub OnFormatChange ( _
    videoFormat As VideoFormat _
protected abstract void OnFormatChange(
    VideoFormat videoFormat



The current VideoFormat for a sink can differ from the format that is requested in VideoCaptureDevice.DesiredFormat.

When a video capture starts in the sink, OnFormatChange is invoked at least one time by the system for the first capture by that sink. Therefore, you can use OnFormatChange to determine current video format, instead of using DesiredFormat or SupportedFormats.

The VideoCaptureDevice properties help you determine whether your application logic can support capture and sample conversion for a particular device based on its formats. (You can also prompt users to change devices in their configuration UI if there are alternatives reported by GetAvailableVideoCaptureDevices that might work if the current default device is not supported.)

A format change from the video device (including getting the initial format of the capture) would typically also be relevant to your OnSample implementation.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1


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