user1535235 user1535235 - 1 month ago 5
C++ Question

Is it possible to for a directshow source filter to read data from application?

I am looking to write a directshow source filter that reads data from an application rather that reading the same from file/socket/device.
First of all is is possible? If so how can I achieve it?
I have done the same in gstreamer using appsrc plugin and since I am new to directshow can somebody please explain.

Device -> Application -> (DirectShow Source Filter) -> (DirectShow DecoderFilter) -> (DirectShow Sink)

Thanks in advance.


Thanks roman.

I am now able to pass data to the source driver from application through an interface. I took pushsource filter from the directshow samples and added an additional interface to it using the sample below

Including this in a common header file

DECLARE_INTERFACE_(IMySettingsInterface, IUnknown)

STDMETHOD(GetParamInt)(char* szName, int *pParam) = 0;
STDMETHOD(SetParamInt)(char* szName, int nParam) = 0;


// {F350FE9E-65BA-4AC1-A6C0-FD9F2979D342}


0xf350fe9e, 0x65ba, 0x4ac1, 0xa6, 0xc0, 0xfd, 0x9f, 0x29, 0x79, 0xd3, 0x42);

Change made to CPushSourceDesktop class

class CPushSourceDesktop : public CSource, public IMySettingsInterface



// Constructor is private because you have to use CreateInstance

CPushSourceDesktop(IUnknown *pUnk, HRESULT *phr);


CPushPinDesktop *m_pPin;



static CUnknown * WINAPI CreateInstance(IUnknown *pUnk, HRESULT *phr);  

STDMETHODIMP NonDelegatingQueryInterface(REFIID riid, void **ppv);

//Methods the interface supports

STDMETHODIMP GetParamInt(char* szName, int *pParam);

STDMETHODIMP SetParamInt(char* szName, int nParam);


I generated the UUID using create GUID tool of VS.

Defined these interface methods in my filter

STDMETHODIMP CPushSourceDesktop::NonDelegatingQueryInterface(REFIID riid, void **ppv)
    if (riid == (IID_IMySettings))
        return GetInterface((IMySettingsInterface*) this, ppv);
        return CSource::NonDelegatingQueryInterface(riid, ppv);

STDMETHODIMP CPushSourceDesktop::GetParamInt(char* szName, int *pParam)

    // Example

    *pParam = 10;

    return 0;

STDMETHODIMP CPushSourceDesktop::SetParamInt(char* szName, int pParam)

    return 0;

I will use another method to pass application buffers to source filter queue.

Thanks again.