IFilterChain::StartChain method (strmif.h)

The StartChain method switches all the filters in a filter chain into a running state.


HRESULT StartChain(
  [in] IBaseFilter *pStartFilter,
  [in] IBaseFilter *pEndFilter


[in] pStartFilter

A pointer to the IBaseFilter interface of the filter at the start of the chain.

[in] pEndFilter

Pointer to the filter at the end of the chain. If this parameter is NULL, the method uses the longest possible filter chain that extends downstream from the start filter.

Return value

Returns S_OK if successful. If the method fails, the return value may be VFW_E_NOT_RUNNING or another HRESULT value.


If this method cannot switch a given filter into a running state, it leaves all the filters in a stopped state. The filter graph must be running when you call this method.


Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header strmif.h (include Dshow.h)
Library Strmiids.lib

See also

Error and Success Codes

IFilterChain Interface