MFStartup function

Initializes Microsoft Media Foundation.

Syntax

HRESULT MFStartup(
  ULONG Version,
  DWORD dwFlags
);

Parameters

Version

Version number. Use the value MF_VERSION, defined in mfapi.h.

dwFlags

This parameter is optional when using C++ but required in C. The value must be one of the following flags:

Value Meaning
MFSTARTUP_NOSOCKET
Do not initialize the sockets library.
MFSTARTUP_LITE
Equivalent to MFSTARTUP_NOSOCKET.
MFSTARTUP_FULL
Initialize the entire Media Foundation platform. This is the default value when dwFlags is not specified.

Return value

The function returns an HRESULT. Possible values include, but are not limited to, those in the following table.

Return code Description
S_OK
The method succeeded.
MF_E_BAD_STARTUP_VERSION
The Version parameter requires a newer version of Media Foundation than the version that is running.
MF_E_DISABLED_IN_SAFEMODE
The Media Foundation platform is disabled because the system was started in "Safe Mode" (fail-safe boot).
E_NOTIMPL
Media Foundation is not implemented on the system. This error can occur if the media components are not present (See KB2703761 for more info).

Remarks

An application must call this function before using Media Foundation. Before your application quits, call MFShutdown once for every previous call to MFStartup.

Do not call MFStartup or MFShutdown from work queue threads. For more information about work queues, see Work Queues.

This function is available on the following platforms if the Windows Media Format 11 SDK redistributable components are installed:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and later.
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with KB900325 (Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005) and KB925766 (October 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition) installed.

Examples

    hr = MFStartup(MF_VERSION);

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows Vista [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header mfapi.h
Library Mfplat.lib
DLL Mfplat.dll

See also

Initializing Media Foundation

Media Foundation Functions