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About the Stream Buffer Engine

[The feature associated with this page, Microsoft TV Technologies, is a legacy feature. Microsoft strongly recommends that new code does not use this feature.]

This topic applies to Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later.

The Stream Buffer Engine uses two or more independent filter graphs. One filter graph, called the sink graph, captures data from a live source. The other graphs, called source graphs, render the data. Using several filter graphs is more flexible and scalable than using a single graph for both capture and rendering. The sink graph stores the data in a temporary buffer or in permanent files, while the source graphs read the data from those files. Several source graphs can read data from the same sink source.

A source graph can:

  • Seek forward or backward within the stored content.
  • Pause playback, without interrupting the data coming from the capture graph.
  • Play faster or slower than normal.
  • Play in reverse.

Tasks such as scheduling a viewing session or a recording session are left to the client application.