Microsoft KB Archive/107164

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PRB: .FLI and .FLC Files Don't Play

Article ID: 107164

Article Last Modified on 10/14/2003


  • Microsoft Multimedia Viewer Publishing Toolkit 2.0
  • Microsoft Multimedia Viewer Publishing Toolkit 2.0a

This article was previously published under Q107164


Viewer displays a "Cannot Display" error box wherever a .FLI or .FLC file is referenced in a topic via an embedded MCI pane statement. The syntax of the embedded MCI pane statement can be any of the following:

{ewc MVMCI2,ViewerMCI,[options]![FLI/FLC-file]}
{ewl MVMCI2,ViewerMCI,[options]![FLI/FLC-file]}
{ewr MVMCI2,ViewerMCI,[options]![FLC/FLC-file]}


Autodesk's MCI driver for playing .FLI and .FLC files (MCIAAP.DRV) returns an incorrect error when Viewer uses mciSendCommand() to send it a MCI_WINDOW message with the flags MCI_ANIM_WINDOW_HWND and MCI_WAIT.


The .FLI and .FLC files can be played with the MCIAAP.DRV driver, provided the MCI_WINDOW command message is not sent. In fact, .FLI and .FLC files can be played with Media Player and with the MCITEST sample application from the Windows 3.1 Software Development Kit (SDK). To play .FLI and .FLC files from Viewer, you could write your own dynamic-link library (DLL), which would use mciSendCommand() to send commands to play the animation files. There is no way to use Viewer's MVMCI2.DLL to play a .FLI or .FLC file.

The information in this article applies to the MCIAAP.DRV that is dated 2-8-93 and is 16912 bytes long.

Additional query words: 2.00 2.00a aaanim animation viewer

Keywords: KB107164