Automating Trace Analysis

In our last post, we discussed how to examine Media Foundation traces manually, using TextAnalysisTool.NET. This time, we present a few scripts to automate the process and identify problems more quickly.   Getting Started First, install Perl, GraphViz, and Gnuplot. Then open a command prompt and add Gnuplot to your path. For example: set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program…

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Analyzing Media Foundation traces

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, log files generated by MFTrace quickly become huge, and it can be difficult to sort out interesting traces from background noise. This blog post will share a few tips to help analyze those log files. TextAnalysisTool.NET One (free) tool that we often use is TextAnalysilTool.NET. The tool…

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Using MFTrace to Trace Media Foundation

We are continuing our series on Media Foundation and its tracing by introducing a new tool available in the latest Windows SDK: MFTrace. This tool is similar to Event Viewer: Both tools collect traces which give some insight into what Media Foundation and its components are doing. However, MFTrace is much more powerful, and collects…

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