FileMaker Pro is made by FileMaker Inc. You can extend their products using plugins.

In a nutshell

The VideoRaptor plugin for FileMaker Pro allows you to view your video camera's live preview and capture frames as still images.

So what more can you tell me?

Use any connected camera

This plugin for FileMaker Pro works with any connected camera. You can use your built in iSight camera, a USB connected WebCam or a FireWire connected device. You can use the plugin to show you a display of what the camera sees and then you can capture the current frame and store it as a image in many popular formats, or as an image onto your system clipboard. For Mac OS X, the VideoRaptor plug-in for FileMaker Pro allows you to interact with any connected video source on your computer. This includes built-in video-cameras, video-cameras connected via USB or FireWire connected devices.

What else can it do?

From within the plug-in, you can query the operating system to find out what devices are connected to the computer and actually select the video source to use or you can opt to use the default video device.

Once you established a connection to your video source, you can open a video stream to a preview window or just tell the camera to give you a still image. It's the still image that is the central function of the plug-in.

You can tell the plug-in to give you an image from the video camera, which will in turn capture the current frame from the video source and you can save it to either the clipboard or as a image to save to disk. The plug-in supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF.

How does it do this?

The VideoRaptor plug-in uses a set of technologies available to Mac OS X and Windows.

The technologies we use are CoreImage, CoreVideo, QtKit, OpenGL, DirectX and other technologies for image processing.

These technologies are built into your operating system, which means you don't have to install additional software to make this plug-in work.

FMP Requirements

  • FileMaker Pro 8 or greater
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or greater
  • Windows XP SP1 or greater
  • At least one connected video camera or webcam (USB / FireWire / Internal)


  • Connect to any USB, FireWire or Internal Camera
  • View a live preview of the camera stream before capturing a single frame
  • Save captured frames to major file formats like BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF and PNG
  • Paste images to the system clipboard
  • Cycle between connected cameras to capture images from different angles!
  • Runs on Mac OS version 10.4 and later
  • Version 1.0v9 now includes support for Mac OS X Lion
  • Runs on Windows as well, supporting versions XP and greater
This is an actual preview window! Yes, this is an actual image preview from the plug-in!