Audio, Graphics and Media (Compact 2013)


Learn about Windows Embedded Compact 2013 support for audio, media, and graphics features.

Windows Embedded Compact 2013 provides a set of Audio and Media features that support encoded multimedia data such as Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, DVD-Video, MP3, and MPEG-1.

The graphics features provide levels of performance beyond that of the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) by providing low-level access to audio and video hardware in a device-independent manner.

For a list of media formats supported by Compact 2013, see Encoded Media Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables.

Encoded Media Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables

Provides information on the catalog items to support specific media formats.

Four-Character Codes (FOURCC)

Provide information on the codes used to identify media formats.


Provides support for hardware-accelerated 2-D graphics.


Provides a pipeline for media playback and capture.

Graphics, Windowing, and Events (GWES)

Provides basic hardware-independent graphics support for Windows Embedded Compact applications.

Hardware Audio Mixer

Audio mixer service that controls the routing of audio lines to a target device for playing or recording.

Multiple Screens

Provides support for connecting multiple screens to a Windows Embedded Compact-based device.

Waveform Audio

Provides an application exact control over waveform audio input/output devices.

Windows Media Technologies

A set of COM interfaces and codecs that support a broad range of server and client applications that stream audio, video, and script commands as a continuous flow of data.