CSource class

csource class hierarchy

The CSource class is a base class for implementing source filters. A filter derived from CSource contains one or more output pins derived from the CSourceStream class. Each output pin creates a worker thread that pushes media samples downstream.


The CSource class is designed to support the push model for data flow. This class is not recommended for creating file-reader filters. File readers should support the pull model, through the IAsyncReader interface. For more information, see Data Flow for Filter Developers.

Protected Member Variables Description
m_iPins Number of pins on the filter.
m_paStreams Array of pins.
m_cStateLock Critical section object that protects the filter state.
Public Methods Description
CSource Constructor method.
~CSource Destructor method.
GetPinCount Retrieves the number of pins on the filter.
GetPin Retrieves a pin.
pStateLock Retrieves a pointer to the filter's critical section object.
AddPin Adds a new output pin to the filter.
RemovePin Removes a specified pin from the filter.
FindPinNumber Retrieves the number of a specified pin on the filter.
IBaseFilter Methods Description
FindPin Retrieves the pin with the specified identifier.


To implement an output pin, do the following:

To implement the filter, do the following:

  • Derive a class from CSource.
  • In the constructor, create one or more output pins derived from CSourceStream. The pins automatically add themselves to the filter in their constructor methods, and remove themselves in their destructor methods.

To synchronize the filter state among multiple threads, call the CSource::pStateLock method. This method returns a pointer to the filter-state critical section. Use the CAutoLock class to hold the critical section. From a pin, you can access pStateLock from the pin's CBasePin::m_pFilter member variable, as follows:

CAutoLock lock(m_pFilter->pStateLock());


Source.h (include Streams.h)
Strmbase.lib (retail builds);
Strmbasd.lib (debug builds)

See also

Writing Source Filters