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VideoFiltersFfdShowDecoderGet method

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If FFDSHOW is installed inside the system, obtains the FFDSHOW decoder set for a certain video format. The current decoder can be changed through the VideoFiltersFfdShowDecoderSet method.


You can know if FFDSHOW is installed by querying the VideoFiltersFfdShowIsAvailable method.


Inside Appendix B you will find a few guidelines that could be of help in order to manage DirectShow configuration through K-Lite provided tools.


For further details about the use of the embedded video player see the VideoPlayer object section.

For details about video clips rendering refer to the How to play video files through DirectShow tutorial.





[Visual Basic]

control.VideoFiltersFfdShowDecoderGet (

strVideoFormat as String,

nDecoder as Integer

) as enumErrorCodes



short control.VideoFiltersFfdShowDecoderGet (

LPCTSTR strVideoFormat,

short *nDecoder









String representing the registry sub-key for the video format as managed by FFDSHOW inside the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\GNU\ffdshow, for example "mpg1" for MPEG1, "mpg2" for MPEG2, "mp4v" for MP4V, etc.,


Reference that, on return from the method call, will contain the current decoder selected for the given video format.

When no decoder has been set the returned value is 0; depending upon the video format in use this value may assume different meanings; for example, when dealing with MPEG1 and MPEG2 formats, the value 1 means that the selected decoder is "libavcodec" while the value 5 means that the selected decoder is "libmpeg2".



Return value






Negative value

An error occurred (see the LastError property for further error details)

enumErrorCodes.ERR_NOERROR (0)

The method call was successful