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Set GrayScale on Output of AVCaptureDevice in iOS

I want to implement custom camera into my app. So, I am creating this camera using


Now I want to show only Gray Output into my custom camera. So I am trying to getting this using
. I am using AVCamManual: Extending AVCam to Use Manual Capture for this.

- (void)setWhiteBalanceGains:(AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains)gains
NSError *error = nil;

if ( [videoDevice lockForConfiguration:&error] ) {
AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains normalizedGains = [self normalizedGains:gains]; // Conversion can yield out-of-bound values, cap to limits
[videoDevice setWhiteBalanceModeLockedWithDeviceWhiteBalanceGains:normalizedGains completionHandler:nil];
[videoDevice unlockForConfiguration];
else {
NSLog( @"Could not lock device for configuration: %@", error );

But for that, I must have to pass RGB gain values between 1 to 4. So I am creating this method for checking MAX and MIN values.

- (AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains)normalizedGains:(AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains) gains
AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains g = gains;

g.redGain = MAX( 1.0, g.redGain );
g.greenGain = MAX( 1.0, g.greenGain );
g.blueGain = MAX( 1.0, g.blueGain );

g.redGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.redGain );
g.greenGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.greenGain );
g.blueGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.blueGain );

return g;

Also I am trying to get different effects like passing RGB gain static values.

- (AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains)normalizedGains:(AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains) gains
AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains g = gains;
g.redGain = 3;
g.greenGain = 2;
g.blueGain = 1;
return g;

Now, I want to set this gray scale (Formula: Pixel = 0.30078125f * R + 0.5859375f * G + 0.11328125f * B) on my custom camera. I have tried this for this formula.

- (AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains)normalizedGains:(AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains) gains
AVCaptureWhiteBalanceGains g = gains;

g.redGain = g.redGain * 0.30078125;
g.greenGain = g.greenGain * 0.5859375;
g.blueGain = g.blueGain * 0.11328125;

float grayScale = g.redGain + g.greenGain + g.blueGain;

g.redGain = MAX( 1.0, grayScale );
g.greenGain = MAX( 1.0, grayScale );
g.blueGain = MAX( 1.0, grayScale );

g.redGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.redGain );
g.greenGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.greenGain);
g.blueGain = MIN( videoDevice.maxWhiteBalanceGain, g.blueGain );

return g;

So How can I pass this value in between 1 to 4..?

Is there any way or scale to compare this things..?

Any Help would be appreciated.


CoreImage provides a host of filters for adjusting images using the GPU, and can be used efficiently with video data, either from a camera feed, or a video file.

There is an article on showing how to do this. The examples are in Objective-C but the explanation should clear enough to follow.

The basic steps are:

  1. Create an EAGLContext, configured to use OpenGLES2.
  2. Create a GLKView to display the rendered output, using the EAGLContext.
  3. Create a CIContext, using the same EAGLContext.
  4. Create a CIFilter using a CIColorMonochrome CoreImage filter.
  5. Create an AVCaptureSession with an AVCaptureVideoDataOutput.
  6. In the AVCaptureVideoDataOutputDelegate method, convert the CMSampleBuffer to a CIImage. Apply the CIFilter to the image. Draw the filtered image to the CIImageContext.

This pipeline ensures that the video pixel buffers stay on the GPU (from camera to display), and avoids moving data to the CPU, to maintain realtime performance.

To save the filtered video, implement an AVAssetWriter, and append the sample buffer in the same AVCaptureVideoDataOutputDelegate where the filtering is done.

Here is an example in Swift.

Example on GitHub.

import UIKit
import GLKit
import AVFoundation

private let rotationTransform = CGAffineTransformMakeRotation(CGFloat(-M_PI * 0.5))

class ViewController: UIViewController, AVCaptureVideoDataOutputSampleBufferDelegate {

    private var context: CIContext!
    private var targetRect: CGRect!
    private var session: AVCaptureSession!
    private var filter: CIFilter!

    @IBOutlet var glView: GLKView!

    override func prefersStatusBarHidden() -> Bool {
        return true

    override func viewDidAppear(animated: Bool) {

        let whiteColor = CIColor(
            red: 1.0,
            green: 1.0,
            blue: 1.0

        filter = CIFilter(
            name: "CIColorMonochrome",
            withInputParameters: [
                "inputColor" : whiteColor,
                "inputIntensity" : 1.0

        // GL context

        let glContext = EAGLContext(
            API: .OpenGLES2

        glView.context = glContext
        glView.enableSetNeedsDisplay = false

        context = CIContext(
            EAGLContext: glContext,
            options: [
                kCIContextOutputColorSpace: NSNull(),
                kCIContextWorkingColorSpace: NSNull(),

        let screenSize = UIScreen.mainScreen().bounds.size
        let screenScale = UIScreen.mainScreen().scale

        targetRect = CGRect(
            x: 0,
            y: 0,
            width: screenSize.width * screenScale,
            height: screenSize.height * screenScale

        // Setup capture session.

        let cameraDevice = AVCaptureDevice.defaultDeviceWithMediaType(AVMediaTypeVideo)

        let videoInput = try? AVCaptureDeviceInput(
            device: cameraDevice

        let videoOutput = AVCaptureVideoDataOutput()
        videoOutput.setSampleBufferDelegate(self, queue: dispatch_get_main_queue())

        session = AVCaptureSession()

    func captureOutput(captureOutput: AVCaptureOutput!, didOutputSampleBuffer sampleBuffer: CMSampleBuffer!, fromConnection connection: AVCaptureConnection!) {

        guard let pixelBuffer = CMSampleBufferGetImageBuffer(sampleBuffer) else {

        let originalImage = CIImage(
            CVPixelBuffer: pixelBuffer,
            options: [
                kCIImageColorSpace: NSNull()

        let rotatedImage = originalImage.imageByApplyingTransform(rotationTransform)

        filter.setValue(rotatedImage, forKey: kCIInputImageKey)

        guard let filteredImage = filter.outputImage else {

        context.drawImage(filteredImage, inRect: targetRect, fromRect: filteredImage.extent)


    func captureOutput(captureOutput: AVCaptureOutput!, didDropSampleBuffer sampleBuffer: CMSampleBuffer!, fromConnection connection: AVCaptureConnection!) {
        let seconds = CMTimeGetSeconds(CMSampleBufferGetPresentationTimeStamp(sampleBuffer))
        print("dropped sample buffer: \(seconds)")