|A DirectShow Program|
A DirectShow Program in DelphiTo give us an idea of DirectShow, let's start with a simple video project to display a movie file. It's the DirectShow equivalent of the ubiquitous "Hello World!" and is the first example given in the Microsoft documentation. Here is the Delphi version.
Start a new project in Delphi and pop a Button and an OpenDialog on the form. Also, select the FilterGraph component from the DSPack palette and pop it onto the form.
In the Button1Click procedure add the following:
procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject); begin if OpenDialog1.Execute then begin if not FilterGraph1.Active then FilterGraph1.Active:= True; FilterGraph1.RenderFile(OpenDialog1.Filename); FilterGraph1.Play; end; end;
Run the project and select a movie (for example AVI) file that you have on your computer. A new window titled 'ActiveMovie' will open and show the movie. Your first DirectShow program!
The separate ActiveMovie window is a little untidy, so add a VideoWindow from the DSPack palette onto the project's form:
We now need to tie the VideoWindow and the FilterGraph together by modifying the Button1Click procedure as follows:
procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject); begin if OpenDialog1.Execute then begin if not FilterGraph1.Active then FilterGraph1.Active:= True; VideoWindow1.FilterGraph:= FilterGraph1; FilterGraph1.RenderFile(OpenDialog1.Filename); FilterGraph1.Play; end; end;
Run the project again and, this time, the video will play in its own window!
OK, we've left this project a little untidy and relied on Delphi to close it down gracefully. What we should really do is add a second Button (Caption:= 'Stop') and add the following to its Button2Click procedure:
procedure TForm1.Button2Click(Sender: TObject); begin FilterGraph1.Stop; end;
And, in the form's OnCloseQuery procedure:
FilterGraph1.ClearGraph; FilterGraph1.Active:= False;
I've deliberately raced a bit too far ahead of ourselves here to give you a feel for DirectShow in action but, in the next part, we'll backtrack a little to learn more about the FilterGraph because it's the cornerstone of every DirectShow application.