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Thread: [HELP]Getting a black screen(C#-GL.glReadPixels)

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    [HELP]Getting a black screen(C#-GL.glReadPixels)

    Hello everyone,
    I have 2 codes (I found in here/internet) that suppost to copy the pixels from my screen (By the OpenGL lib) into a Bitmap class.
    The problem is that both of them print a black screen.

    The codes:
    Code :
            static Bitmap GrabScreenshot()
                Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap(800, 600);
                System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData data = bmp.LockBits(new Rectangle(0, 0, 800, 600), System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageLockMode.WriteOnly,
                GL.glReadPixels(0, 0, 800, 600, GL.GL_BGR, GL.GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, data.Scan0);
                return bmp;

    Code :
             static Bitmap GrabScreenshot()
                Size s = new Size();
                s.Width = 800;
                s.Height = 600;
                Bitmap b = new Bitmap(s.Width, s.Height, PixelFormat.Format32bppArgb);
                BitmapData bd = b.LockBits(new Rectangle(0, 0, s.Width, s.Height), ImageLockMode.WriteOnly, PixelFormat.Format32bppArgb);
                GL.glReadPixels(0, 0, s.Width, s.Height, GL.GL_BGRA_EXT, GL.GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, bd.Scan0);
                 return b

    My main idea is to capture a screen when you are in a 3D game (Like: Counter-Strike/Counter-Strike:Source),
    and few people told me that the solution for it is using OpenGL,

    Thanks in advanced,

  2. #2
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    Re: [HELP]Getting a black screen(C#-GL.glReadPixels)

    The code is correct: this will capture the contents of an OpenGL context into a System.Drawing.Bitmap.

    However, the context will have to be current on the thread you are calling GrabScreenshot() from. If the context is in another process, this code is not going to work.
    [The Open Toolkit library: C# OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenAL 1.1 for Mono/.Net]

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    Senior Member OpenGL Pro dletozeun's Avatar
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    Re: [HELP]Getting a black screen(C#-GL.glReadPixels)

    I think it is related to this recent thread:

    Does that help you?

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