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Hi, i'm trying to use the Xamarin.Media plugin to access the camera on windows phone 8.1, i'm using the default code to do so (see screen shot attached), but when i click on the button to open the camera, the code crashes on this line:

" var file = await CrossMedia.Current.TakePhotoAsync(test);"

I have attached a stack trace from an exception which says that it crashes because "XAML parsing failed",

this code works on my android project, but i cant get my head around why it wont work for windows phone 8.1.

Can anyone help?

thanks in advance


  • AdamPAdamP AUUniversity ✭✭✭✭✭

    @christophergraham.1607 - just to eliminate a possible few issues

    1. Have you installed the package on both your PCL and native project.
    2. Do you have the camera permission set on your Windows Phone project.
  • Hi @adam, yeah i have the package installed cross all my projects, and i did have webcam selected with pictures library and videos library but it still didnt work, which is why i went overkill and made sure everything was ticked as can be seen in the pictures attached.

  • TranVoNBTranVoNB USMember ✭✭

    The specific code for Window Phone has 2 xaml files CameraCaptureUI.xaml and CameraCaptureUiPage.xaml but it has not been include in libs from Nuget.
    There are 2 workaround :
    1. Get project from Github, reference projects to your solution.
    2. Build your own PluginMedia.dll and it's relative files (*.xbf, *.xml), set your window phone project reference to instead of original file from Nuget.

    You could see my attached file for example.

    Hope it help.

  • ThowkThowk USUniversity
    edited May 2016

    Thanks for providing the solution ;) However there is a bug when using portrait mode - camera view is rotated 90`. (tested on Lumia 920) Probably this is something I will manage to make work soon

    I've build release version of Media library Media.Plugin.WindowsPhone81 from master. I also check option "Generate Library Output" in VisualStudio, but still I must ship xaml files with dll...
    How did you prepare your library package, to make it work without xaml pages files provided?

  • ericleigh007ericleigh007 USMember

    So, hate to ask, but why has no one seemed to have updated the NUget package? Thx

  • ThowkThowk USUniversity

    Also wonder about that. What I see is like a lot of libraries are focused on iOS and Android only, it's not a big suprise when even Xamarin ignores WP in many topics.

    I'll try to post that bug info on github if it's not there yet.

  • JamesMontemagnoJamesMontemagno USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    I fixed the nuget now: Fixed officially in 2.5.1-beta33! Tested and shipped!

  • MarcojakMarcojak GBMember

    With the version 2.5.1-beta33 I can use the camera on WP anyway there is another bug:
    in portrait mode - camera view is rotated 90.

    How can I fix it?

  • MarcojakMarcojak GBMember

    @Marcojak said:
    With the version 2.5.1-beta33 I can use the camera on WP anyway there is another bug:
    in portrait mode - camera view is rotated 90.

    How can I fix it?

    I've added a pull request for the Media plugin to fix the rotation problem on Windows Phone 8.1.
    if @JamesMontemagno approves the pull request, I suppose you can find the fix in the next release.

  • ImlavanImlavan USMember

    Hello @christophergraham.1607 have you fixed the issue. If so pls give your suggestions.

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