Which OS apps use Media Foundation RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    Out of interest which apps bundled with Vista use Media Foundation, e.g. does Windows Media Player use Media Foundation when playing back formats that have Media Foundation codecs, e.g. WMV etc. and uses DirectShow for other media types?

    And what about Media Center?

    What about the MediaElement in WPF(Avalon)?

    Any other OS apps that I haven't mentioned?


    Monday, June 19, 2006 8:43 AM

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  • Hi Sean,

    All the applications you mentioned above use Media Foundation in Vista to some extent:

    Windows Media Player/ Player OCX: MF is used for DRM and Non DRM ASF and MP3 content. It is also used if you play this content while downloading from a Web Server. It is not used for streaming content ( for a streaming server ), or content which has some ASF features ( ASF Scripts and Markers ). Such content will use the Legacy FSDK code. It will use DShow for AVI files CDs, and DVD playback.

    Media Center: Media Center uses MF for Non DRM ASF files ( as per WMP ). All others will play via FSDK.

    Avalon Media Element: uses MF for the same set of content as the Media Player.

    The Windows Media Encoder does not use MF.

    Monday, June 19, 2006 7:42 PM
  • Hi

    What does FSDK refer to?


    Monday, June 19, 2006 8:21 PM