This method switches the entire filter graph into a running state.




Return Values

Returns S_OK if the graph is actually running.

Returns S_FALSE if the graph is preparing to run (the graph will run automatically when it is ready). Call GetState to wait for the transition to the running state to complete or to check if the transition has completed. If the method returns S_FALSE, subsequent calls to GetState will return a value of State_Running when the graph is actually running. If the transition to the running state is not complete GetState can return a return code of VFW_S_STATE_INTERMEDIATE.

Returns an HRESULT error code if the graph could not run and is now stopped.


In a running state, data is pushed down the filter graph and rendered. The graph remains in a running state until it is stopped by the IMediaControl::Pause or IMediaControl::Stop method. The graph remains in a running state even after notifying the application of completion (that is, the EC_COMPLETE notification is sent to the application). This allows the application to determine whether to pause or stop after completion.

If the filter graph is in the stopped state, this method first pauses the graph before running.

If an error value is returned, some filters within the graph might have successfully entered the running state. In a multistream graph, entire streams might be playing successfully. The application must determine whether to stop running or not.


DirectShow applications and DirectShow filters have different include file and link library requirements. See Setting Up the Build Environment for more information.

OS Versions: Windows CE 2.12 and later. Version 2.12 requires DXPAK 1.0 or later.

See Also

IMediaControl Interface

Last updated on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

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