Kernel-mode filters often are connected in user mode through the Kernel Streaming Proxy. This proxy makes a kernel-mode filter appear to user mode as a DirectShow filter.
When this mode of connection is used, DirectShow connects the filters by intersecting their media types. These media types are the DirectShow counterpart to data formats in kernel mode.
When DirectShow enumerates a media type on a kernel-mode pin, the corresponding data range on the pin is intersected with the pin's data range. This intersection yields a data format, as described in Data Range Intersections in AVStream. The proxy converts the resulting data format into a DirectShow media type.
As in kernel mode, the proxy either asks a data handler to determine whether the media type is acceptable, or it determines whether the media type is a partial match for a data range on the pin. A partial match indicates that, in the context of kernel-mode semantics, the major type, subformat, specifier, and required attributes match. If the media type is a partial match, the connection proceeds.
Before the connection is complete, AVStream calls the minidriver's AVStrMiniPinSetDataFormat dispatch to inform the minidriver of the data format being set. This format corresponds to the user-mode media type that was suggested to the proxied pin. AVStream also provides the data range that was determined to be a partial match for the format.