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, 13 Jun 2001
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A simple MP3/AVI player using the VFW32 library
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I made a little sample program that enables you to play MP3 files without needing the AUDIOX library. I used the Windows Library VFW32.Lib

Just put the VFW32.lib in the Linker's space (Alt +F7) and add

#include "vfw.h"

to your principal file.

Once you've done this, you just need to use the MCI commands:

Steps :

  • Create a private variable HWND m_Video and BOOL Pause;

  • in the OnInitDialog set m_Video = NULL;

  • Put almost the Play button and add this source code on

Here are the functions I use in my dialog class to play/pause/resume and stop video playback.

m_Play is the 'Play' button control, m_Pause is the pause/resume button, Pause is a boolean value, and m_Video is a HWND.

void CAVIPlayerDlg::OnPlay() 
	m_Video = NULL;
	if(m_Video == NULL)
		m_Video = MCIWndCreate(this->GetSafeHwnd(),
	Pause = FALSE;

void CAVIPlayerDlg::OnPause() 
		Pause = FALSE;
		Pause = TRUE;

void CAVIPlayerDlg::OnCancel() 
	if(m_Video !=NULL)

void CAVIPlayerDlg::OnStop() 
	// TODO: Add your control notification handler code here
	if(m_Video !=NULL)

I Suggest you to refer to the MCI Reference on the net at

I also include an AVI player in this program. :-)

That's all for this !


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My name is BLaZe and I have 15 years old

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Generalm_Path Pin
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Questionhow can i modify this to play in linux Pin
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GeneralMMSYSTEM 296 ERROR while play mp3 file Pin
chuit5-Jan-04 10:28
memberchuit5-Jan-04 10:28 
First of all, I would like to say that this simple MP3 Player is good, but I have a problem to use it on some PC. I can compiled and
play the mp3 file well in my original Windows OS - 98.
However, when I try to move the exe file to another PC
with Windows 98 as well, the application cannot play any
mp3 file. It always pops up the MMSYSTEM error, as shown
"MMSYSTEM296 The file cannot be played on the specified
MCI device. The file may be corrupt, or not in the
correct format."

I tried many ways, such as copy a good mp3 file to the PC,
change the mp3 registter key, run the mmsys296.exe, etc,but none of them work.

Any idea how to fix this problem?

QuestionCan this Mp3player run on a DSP chipset ? Pin
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GeneralGood but want more ;-) Pin
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GeneralRe: Good but want more ;-) Pin
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Generalurgent help!!!!!!!! Pin
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QuestionCan this mp3 player do real time decoding? Pin
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QuestionHow to size the AVI window Pin
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