Activate Video In Motion (VIM)

Activate Video In Motion (VIM)

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Feature Overview:

Activating this feature will allow you to play DVD movies while the car is moving. Without activating this feature, your car is limited to only viewing DVD movies when the car is parked and not moving. Additionally, even after the car has been turned off and turned back on, this feature will still be activated. Most have struggled to find a way for this feature to stick, but with the help of luigi142 from, it is now possible to accomplish this task. There are more than one way to accomplish VIM, but we found the approach explained by luigi142 to be the simplest, which we will break down for you below.

ECU/s Effected: CIC
Feature Confirmed Working On The Following Car Model Years:
2006 E90
2007 E90
2008 E90
2009 E90
2010 E90
20011 E90
2012 E90

If you have confirmed this feature works for a model year not listed, tell us by writing a reply to this tutorial below.

Step 1 – Get The Data2txt Program

You can get a copy of the updated Data2txt program from russiane39 at BimmerForums by clicking the following button:

Click Here

Another link from BMW Coding:

Click Here

Step 2 -Finding The CIC Version

The first thing we need to find out is what CIC.CXX version/file your module uses. Within the NCS Expert DATEN folder, there are a series of folders for different chassis. Within the E89 folder for example, there are a series of CIC.CXX files. NCS Expert uses one of those files program your CIC module, and we need to find out which one.

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  1. Open NCS Expert and load the FSW PSW MAN profile.
  2. Press F1 or the VIN/ZCS/FA button.
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  3. Press F3 to choose the CHASSIS for the vehicle. I am going to assume you are trying to code an BMW E90 vehicle, so in the pop-up window, choose E89 from the list and press the OK button. We are basically telling what type of vehicle we are working with. Another window will pop-up after clicking OK, and from that window, choose CAS for the ECU and press the OK button. 
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  4. Press F6 or click the Back button, and then press F4 or click the Process ECU button. In the Choose ECU pop-up window, choose the CIC ECU and press the OK button.
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  5. Press the F4 or click the Read ECU button. After the coding has ended, press F5 or click the Basic functions button. In the Choose basic function  pop-up window, select coapiReadSgGetFswPsw and press the OK button. After pressing the OK button, another pop-up window will appear that displays a CBD name. The text in the text field is the name of the file NCS Expert uses to program your CIC module. Remember this file name. Next press the OK button.
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  6. Leave NCS Expert open because we are not done with it just yet. We are now going to modify the CIC.CXX file.

Step 3 -Using Data2txt Program To Modify  The CIC File

  1. On your computer, browse to the NCS Expert root folder (normally NCSEXPER), open the DATEN folder, and open the E89 (I’m assuming you are working on an BMW E90 vehicle). Next, search through the long list of files until you find the CIC.CXX for your module we found in Step 2 above. In my case, it was CIC.C16. Make a backup of this file just in case something goes wrong.
  2. Open the Data2txt program, and click on File, and then Open. 
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  3. Browse again to the same location we did in step 1 of this section, and select and Open the CIC.CXX file and Data2txt should populate the window with a lot of text.
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  4. Using the search feature (press Ctrl+F) in Data2txt, search for the following: PARZUWEISUNG_FSW : {00003000} 00000017 0001
    After pressing the Find Next button, you should see a series of lines containing the following text:
    PARZUWEISUNG_FSW : {00003000} 00000017 0001 22CD {} (FF) {68} {} :
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 0009 (00) :
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 06FD (08) :
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 07A6 (03) :
    PARZUWEISUNG_FSW : {00003000} 00000018 0001 22CC {} (FF) {68} {} :
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 0009 (00) :
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 07A6 (03) :

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  5. By default, the following 2 lines will have 03 inside the curly brackets:
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 07A6 (03)
    PARZUWEISUNG_PSW1 : 07A6 (03)

    We need to modify those 2 lines and put FF inside the curly brackets instead so that they look like the following:


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  6. After making the changes, click on File, and then Produce cXX. Next saveoverwrite the file the CIC.CXX file located in the same directory we browsed to in step 1 of this section. For my case, I saved it as CIC.C16.
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  7. Good job! You have just now hacked your CIC.CXX file so that each time you program your CIC module, it will use the special values we just coded. This is part of what helps the coding stick even after you turn your car off. You can now close the Data2txt program. There is 1 more thing we have to do in NCS Expert.

Step 4 – Coding the CIC Module

If you are following this tutorial step by step, you should have the latest code from the CIC ECU generated in the FSW_PSW.TRC file located in your NCS Expert WORK folder. If not, or if you are unsure, simply restart NCS Expert, and read the CIC ECU to get the latest code for that ECU.

  1. Open the FSW_PSW.TRC file in notepad or notepad++.
  2. IMPORTANT: The first thing we need to do is set the VIDEO_NUR_MIT_HANDBREMSE parameter to “nicht_aktiv” if it is not done so already. 
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  3. Next, search the file for the following 2 parameters to check and see if they exist:

    If the SPEEDLOCK_X_KMH_MAX_C0E and SPEEDLOCK_X_KMH_MIN_C0E parameters do exist already for you, make sure they are set equal to 3_kmh.

    If they do not exist, scroll to the bottom of the FSW_PSW.TRC file add add the following lines:





  4. Save the FSW_PSW.TRC file as FSW_PSW.MAN and follow the normal procedure for coding a module. To keep this tutorial short, I will not go into all the details. If you do not know how to code a single module, click the following button to learn more: Click Here  
  5. After you Execute the job and the iDrive screen restarts, you can now put a DVD in the CD/DVD drive and drive around and still allow your “passengers” to watch the video. 
  6. Congratulations! You have now activated Video In Motion! To learn more about why we changed/added certain parameters, or to learn the other method you can use to activate this feature, do a Google search for the following to download the more detailed PDF: Exclusive DVD in Motion Activation For CIC by BMWCODING v2.pdf


  1. I want an ECU in my 1999 Eclipse non-turbo standard will an ECU from the 1996 Eclipse non-turbo standard work?

    But it is exactly the same brand name, only a different year. It’s the same generation

    Noe R

    May 30, 2014

  2. Hi!Are there some difference between a retrofit CIC and a E90 with native CIC? For connect to CIC by odb cable, is necessary change some pins to the port?


    December 10, 2014

  3. is this the same procedure for 2006 CCC module?


    August 19, 2015

  4. Thanks for the write up, easy to follow. Confirmed working on 2012 e92 328i


    September 25, 2015

    • Thanks. I have updated the website.

      Coding E90 Staff

      September 25, 2015

  5. Hi there:
    I use this method on my late 2010 E84, works with no problem.


    January 19, 2016

  6. i want to unlock dvd in motion for Mercedes GLS 2016 model


    October 16, 2016

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