CBaseReferenceClock class

CBaseReferenceClock Class Hierarchy

The CBaseReferenceClock class implements a reference clock.

Protected Member VariablesDescription
m_pSchedule CAMSchedule object that handles scheduling tasks for the clock.
Protected Methods Description
~CBaseReferenceClock Destructor method.
Public MethodsDescription
CBaseReferenceClock Constructor method.
GetPrivateTime Retrieves the real time from the clock.
SetTimeDelta Adjusts the internal clock time.
GetSchedule Retrieves a pointer to the clock's scheduling object.
TriggerThread Wakes up the worker thread that handles scheduling.
IReferenceClock Methods Description
GetTime Retrieves the current reference time.
AdviseTime Creates a one-shot advise request.
AdvisePeriodic Creates a periodic advise request.
Unadvise Removes a pending advise request.
IReferenceClockTimerControl Methods Description
GetDefaultTimerResolution Returns the current resolution of the reference clock's timer.
SetDefaultTimerResolution Sets the resolution of the reference clock's timer.
Helper Functions Description
ConvertToMilliseconds Converts a reference time to milliseconds.



This class implements a reference clock that supports the IReferenceClock and IReferenceClockTimerControl interfaces. If a filter can provide a reference clock for the filter graph—for example, by accessing a hardware device—it can use this class to implement the clock.

The CBaseReferenceClock object maintains two distinct time values:

It is valid for the internal clock to run backward over brief periods. For example, if the clock drifts forward, the filter can adjust it backward. (See CBaseReferenceClock::SetTimeDelta.) The GetTime method uses the time values reported by GetPrivateTime. However, the reference time is monotonically increasing; in other words, it never runs backward. Therefore, if the internal clock runs backward, GetTime continues to report the old time until the internal clock catches up.

For example, the two methods might return the following sequences:

GetPrivateTime: 105, 106, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108
GetTime:        105, 106, 106, 106, 106, 106, 107, 108

On the third clock tick, the internal clock jumps backward to 103. The GetTime method continues to report 106 until the internal clock catches up.

By default, GetPrivateTime returns the system time, through a call to the timeGetTime function. A filter that is providing a reference clock from an external device can do one of the following:

  • Override GetPrivateTime to return the time from the device.
  • Monitor the discrepancy between the device time and the system time, and call SetTimeDelta to make corrections.

This class uses a CAMSchedule object to handle scheduling of advise requests. For details, see the documentation for the CAMSchedule class.



Refclock.h (include Streams.h)


Strmbase.lib (retail builds);
Strmbasd.lib (debug builds)