Windows Media Format SDK Programming Guide

[The feature associated with this page, Windows Media Format 11 SDK, is a legacy feature. It has been superseded by Source Reader and Sink Writer. Source Reader and Sink Writer have been optimized for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Microsoft strongly recommends that new code use Source Reader and Sink Writer instead of Windows Media Format 11 SDK, when possible. Microsoft suggests that existing code that uses the legacy APIs be rewritten to use the new APIs if possible.]

The Programming Guide is intended to help you learn how to use the Microsoft Windows Media Format Software Development Kit (SDK) to build applications that work with files using the Advanced Systems Format (ASF).

You can use the Windows Media Format SDK to create applications that write digital media streams to and read streams from ASF files. This SDK also supports the editing of metadata in ASF files. In addition, this SDK can be used to read and manipulate metadata in MP3 files.

The following sections explain in detail the steps required to write, read, and edit ASF files by using this SDK.

Section Description
Getting Started Provides general information about getting ready to use this SDK.
Using the Callback Methods Describes the callback methods used in many different tasks.
Working with Profiles Describes how to use, edit, and create profiles.
Writing ASF Files Describes how to use the writer object to create ASF files.
Reading ASF Files Describes how to receive content from ASF files.
Working with Metadata Describes how to manage the contents of the header section of an ASF file.
Working with Indexes Describes how to work with indexes.
Working with Profiles Describes how to use, edit, and create profiles.
Using Script Commands Describes how to use script commands in your ASF files.
Copying Data from One File to Another Describes how to copy data from one ASF file to another, with without decoding and encoding.
Enabling DRM Support Describes how to enable support for playback of DRM-protected ASF files.
Implementing Network Functionality Describes the use of this SDK to perform the network operations that are essential to successful streaming media.
Advanced Topics Describes how to use some of the advanced features of this SDK in your applications.
DirectShow and Windows Media Describes how you can use Microsoft DirectShow to create and read ASF files.
Project Considerations Provides details about finishing and distributing your applications.


About the Windows Media Format SDK

Windows Media Format 11 SDK