getting length of  a  wav file

Posted on 1998-05-31
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I know it is possible to get the length of a wav file (in milleseconds or seconds) but have not been able to do it.  Below is a function that is supposed to return the length of a wave file (IT DOESN'T WORK... IT RETURNS 0.0 EVERY TIME).  The code uses MCI_WAVE_OPEN_PARMS and mciSendCommand() to open a file (which it does with out error) but the dwBufferSeconds member of MCI_WAVE_OPEN_PARMS is always 0.0 after opening the wav.  Am I wrong in assuming that dwBufferSeconds should hold the length of the wav file opened or am I missing a needed flag or something?  Does somebody know what I am doing wrong or know of another way to get the length of a wav file?  Thanks.

// Function takes LPSTR pointer to string containing the
// path to a wave file, returns length of wave file
long CPlaywaveDlg::GetWavLengthSeconds(LPSTR wavPath)
{       // wavPath points to string containing wave file path
      MCI_WAVE_OPEN_PARMS mciOpenParms;
      DWORD mciError, mciFlags;
      int wDeviceID;
#define BUF_LEN 256
      char mciErrorString[BUF_LEN];

      //Initialize data structures...
      mciOpenParms.dwCallback = 0;  // no callback
      mciOpenParms.wDeviceID = 0;  
      mciOpenParms.lpstrDeviceType = "waveaudio";
      mciOpenParms.lpstrElementName = wavPath;
      mciOpenParms.lpstrAlias= NULL;       // no alias
      mciOpenParms.dwBufferSeconds = 0L;  

      // Send the open command
      mciError = mciSendCommand(0, MCI_OPEN, mciFlags, (DWORD)&mciOpenParms);
      if (!mciError)

            // if open was successful, retrieve the length
            double secs = mciOpenParms.dwBufferSeconds;
            mciError = mciSendCommand(wDeviceID, MCI_CLOSE, 0, 0L); // close the file

            return secs;  // return the length

            int dummy = mciGetErrorString(mciError, mciErrorString, BUF_LEN);
            CString errorMsg = "Media Control Interface Error ";
            errorMsg += mciErrorString;
            MessageBox(errorMsg, "Error", MB_ICONSTOP);
      return -999;  // error


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I only have a minute to post this so I'm tryig to copy & paste this out of my code very quickly. Try this and if it doesn't work I'll take a little more time when I get back home...

// Get Minutes...
StatusParms.dwItem = MCI_STATUS_POSITION;
mciSendCommand( m_wDeviceID, MCI_STATUS, MCI_WAIT | MCI_STATUS_ITEM, (DWORD)(LPVOID) &StatusParms);

iMinutes = ((int)((StatusParms.dwReturn / 1000) / 60 ));

// Get seconds...
StatusParms.dwItem = MCI_STATUS_POSITION;
mciSendCommand( m_wDeviceID, MCI_STATUS, MCI_WAIT | MCI_STATUS_ITEM, (DWORD)(LPVOID) &StatusParms);

iSeconds = (int)((StatusParms.dwReturn / 1000 ) % 60 ));


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