Using a part of the computer screen for computer vision

Hello everybody,

I am trying to manipulate a video input with data from a software program that is running on the PC itself. basically, i try to implement information from the PC screen into the live video screen. however, I need a way to read the pixels of the PC screen itself, and not a “sketch” or processing window.

Does anyone know if this is possible? or are there other handy ways to do this? for example by recording a part the computer screen and displaying it in processing as a live stream?

hopefully someone can give me the answer! Thanks!

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This is black magic that isn’t something you can do easily and might not work at all. Here’s a starting point for you.

import java.awt.Robot;
import java.awt.Rectangle;
import java.awt.AWTException;
PImage screenshot;
int x, y;
void setup() {
  size(600, 400);
void draw() {
  image(screenshot, 0, 0, width, height);
void screenshot() {
  try {
    Robot robot = new Robot();
    screenshot = new PImage(robot.createScreenCapture(new Rectangle(0, 0, displayWidth, displayHeight)));
  catch (AWTException e) {
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Do you need the live stream? If not, then check any desktop capture app. You can save what you see in your desktop’s scree as a movie and process it afterwards.