Andrew James
Nov 7, 2019 ⋅ 9 min read

Building a responsive camera component with React Hooks

Andrew James Frontend Engineer @ Coinbase

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6 Replies to "Building a responsive camera component with React Hooks"

  1. This was really helpful in learning. I noticed that the main camera component is capitalized, but the supporting functions like useUserMedia are not. As a best practice where should those supporting functions live? Guessing not in a folder like Camera would inside of a Components folder.

  2. Super helpful, thank you for posting this.

    However your useUserMedia wasn’t working properly for me, so I refactored it like this:

    import { useState, useEffect } from “react”;

    export function useUserMedia(requestedMedia) {
    const [mediaStream, setMediaStream] = useState(null);

    useEffect(() => {
    // Creating reference at the top of useEffect’s scope for cleanup later
    let streamRef = null;

    async function enableStream() {
    try {
    // Using ref instead of a new const variable
    streamRef = await navigator.mediaDevices.getUserMedia(requestedMedia);
    } catch(err) {
    // Removed for brevity

    if (!mediaStream) {

    // Removed else block
    return function cleanup() {
    // Now the ref can be used to stop all media tracks
    streamRef.getTracks().forEach(track => {

    // Removed dependency array
    }, []);

    return mediaStream;

    Now when the component unmounts, the camera stops recording.

  3. Hi Andrew,
    Can you please shed some light on how to resize the container for mobile devices, as for the mobile devices i need height > width.
    Thanks in Advance.

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