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Unfortunately, AMAP_3D_TARGET appears to be useless. Internally, surface allocation comes up with the following capabilities for the surface: DDSCAPS_VIDEOMEMORY | DDSCAPS_LOCALVIDMEM | DDSCAPS_OFFSCREENPLAIN | DDSCAPS_3DDEVICE. Sadly, DirectDraw responds (might respond?) with E_NOTIMPL. While one can advance one step further by removing DDSCAPS_VIDEOMEMORY | DDSCAPS_LOCALVIDMEM, another problem is hit that you are no longer able to…

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The copyright violation vanguard

Below is the chart for distribution of software piracy cases for product X by workstation locale. Russia (more exactly, Russian speaking community) is not the primary market for the product, nor it is the place where it is specifically popular or well-known for a reason. Welcome to the land of the brave, and guys who…

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A tricky EVR bug was caught up: input pin may falsely report disconnected state

Crime An application which builds a DirectShow graph unexpectedly started failing with VFW_E_NOT_CONNECTED (0x80040209) error code. Scene The problem takes place during DirectShow graph building, yet in stopped state. Specific call which appeared to be giving out the error in first place appears to be EVR input pin’s IPin::ConnectionMediaType, and the problem is also specific…

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Another VFW/DirectShow Pain in the Ass: picapmk4.dll

A customer complained on video playback problems which had symptoms of software compatibility issue. At certain operation modes software froze leaving the only option to kill process and restart. I appeared that the system has a third party DLL installed, a new hero name’s – picapmk4.dll. The DLL registers itself as Video for Windows codec…

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