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Setup and usage
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The Microsoft installed video drivers on a new installation of Windows are not sufficient to meet your needs and you need to go to the GPU manufacturers site, AMD, Nvidia or Intel, and install their latest offering. Don't go to the computer manufacturer site because their driver offerings are usually quite old and may not solve your problem.

Here are download links to the only authorized [Image: om.jpg] provided by MajorGeeks.com:

Click this link to Download the ADVANCED Codecs - This installer contains both 32bit and 64bit codecs.
This release contains a full suite of decoders to help address specific and out of the ordinary decoding needs.

Click this link to Download the STANDARD Codecs - This installer contains both 32bit and 64bit codecs.
This release is a minimal set of codecs that anyone would require for proper playback of commonly available content.

\/\/\/\/\/\/  DO NOT install both the ADVANCED and STANDARD Codecs at the same time!  \/\/\/\/\/\/
If you do install both, you will have problems caused by having identical codecs installed in 2 different locations.
When correcting this problem, uninstall ALL (the x64Components have a separate uninstaller) before proceeding.

After installation, check the box at the bottom for [x] SUGGESTED settings.
The above configuration will play most files with subtitles in any player including Windows Media Player and Media Center.

For 3D playback, download and install the MPC-BE player which has madVR integrated from my Tools page.
You also need to be using either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 for frame packed output. Windows 7 will use Side by Side output..

If you have an issue getting 3D to display properly, rightclick the Desktop and select, Display Settings
On that screen you should see where you can enable 3D with a checkbox on 8.1 and a slider on Windows 10.
also use the recommended (3D) resolution setting.

To play 3D disks, you must 1st deal with the encryption. The free DVDFab Passkey Lite is a good choice.
AnyDVD is another good choice but is not free beyond trial use.

Windows 10 users . . . Video playback problems? No Subtitles showing? Audio bitstreaming issues in WMP or Media Center?
Is the problem with MKV?... go to the MKV TAB, and choose to [x] disable Media Foundation for MKV
Is the problem with MP4?... go to the MPG~MP4 or Windows SWAP TAB, and choose to [x] disable Media Foundation for MP4
Is the problem with AVI?... go to the AVI TAB and select the checkbox to [x] disable Media Foundation for AVI
you can also set a different splitter for better subtitle support; example, gabests splitter for avi supports divx.com subtitles in avi and divx files.

A forum post of interest, Should I update?

Thumbnail problems? Go to the Config TAB (of the 64bit app if you have 64bit)
click the button for [Icaros Thumbnailing] and then on the left-hand side,
click  to Deactivate Icaros and then Activate it again.

If you changed any settings for testing purposes and find yourself broken,
you can always return to a 'just installed' state by using the [Reset All] button at the bottom of the application(s).

Extender users - Xbox360, XboxOne and Ceton Echo owners  ---   Setup information  Part 2: About filetypes such as mkv on the Xbox 360

NOTICE for Android, Mobile and Tablet users . . .
If you are trying to copy an MKV to your device and Explorer crashes,
go to the MKV TAB and disable the Divx MF splitter.

Here is a user submitted TUTORIAL FOR MEDIA CENTER USERS - Media Control Plugin - detailed usage
contents: Codec settings with subtitles using a remote in almost all video formats using the Media Control Plugin

For solutions to specific playback problems that you MAY encounter . . . Continue reading . . .

3GP files have no audio?  disable the DMO codecs on the SWAP TAB
be aware that disabling the DMO Codecs can remove the 'Play To' feature from filetypes such as AVI

To playback MKV's with subtitles in the Windows players (Media Center),
press [Reset All] and then select the [x] SUGGESTED settings checkbox.

If an MP4 file fails to play properly with (subtitles - audio?) or any other issue.
using the ADVANCED Codecs, choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for MP4 on the MPG~MP4 TAB
using the STANDARD Codecs, choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for MP4 on the SWAP TAB

If MP4 problems persist after trying the above solution,
it is also helpful to disable the Microsoft Video and/or Audio decoder(s) on the SWAP TAB

If Media Center is being difficult, disable the Microsoft Video decoder on the SWAP TAB.

To access Subtitle controls, while a video is playing, right click either the green VobSub systray icon or the ffdshow icon.
To completely disable Subtitles, make that selection in the upper right of the Config TAB.

To access multiple Audio tracks (AVI files), you must 1st set LAV as the splitter for that filetype.
Then rightclick the LAV Splitter (whitish) systray icon during playback to select your preferred audio track.

For improved AVI playback, choose to [x] Disable Media Foundation for AVI on the AVI TAB

The MOV format uses a wide range of deprecated codecs.
If MOV playback fails you, the 1st thing to try is using the [Reset All] button. Test.
If you are still having trouble with a MOV file, try a different splitter from the MOV~OGG TAB
Still a problem?, get Metafox from my Tools page and use it to create an MKV from that MOV file

It is imperative that you disable Media Foundation on the SWAP TAB for proper M2TS playback.
If any TS derivatives such as M2TS, MTS have no audio, Disable the Microsoft Audio and/or Video decoder on the SWAP TAB
If you are still having trouble with a TS file, disable the Microsoft Video decoder on the SWAP TAB also.

To bitstream HD audio formats  (AVR decoding), you MUST connect the PC directly to the AVR with a HDMI cable.
Do Not make a selection in the leftside column for speaker selection - it is fully automated.
Also under your device in Control Panel | Sound, [your active device]
properties --> Advanced, the 2 exclusive mode boxes need to be checked for bitstreaming

So, to get to all possible connections . . .
1. Set a proper speaker count in Control Panel | Sound, under your active device.
1a. Set 2 speakers if your intent is to have the AVR decode the audio stream. (bitstreaming)
2. On the Audio TAB of the Settings Application, select the proper output in the upper right. (hdmi, spdif, anolog)
Do not touch the left side as it is automated.
3. For anolog connections, my software detects the speaker settings from Control Panel and uses them.
4. For digital connections (hdmi/spdif), Same as Input is the correct setting for the speaker setting on the Audio TAB

Do you have WAV file that will not play? Try changing .wav to .dts
If you are having any other Audio issues not covered above, disable the Microsoft Audio decoder on the SWAP TAB.

Please know, the 64bit app controls playback in Media Center on 64bit Operating Systems
The 32bit app controls most other players such as the default WMP on any system

If you want to use any of the PDVD12 options such as 'ALT support for LiveTV' in the Settings Application
go to THIS POST to learn how to make the PDVD12 decoders available for use.

Here are some hardware accelerated decoders for specific GPU's that use hardware acceleration.
These decoders are of specific interest to those with older computers where the cpu would have difficulty keeping up.

Most users can open the LAV video Configuration from the H264 TAB
- in the upper right under Hardware Acceleration, change None to DXVA2 (copy-back recommended but native can give better performance)

Intel specific CPU/GPU users can select 'Use FFDshow's codec' on the H264 TAB, and then go to the Config TAB,
use the button for [FFDShow Video config], click on the word 'libavcodec' next to H264/AVC and select Intel QuickSync
users can open the LAV video Configuration from the H264 TAB
- in the upper right under Hardware Acceleration, change None to Intel QuickSync

Most other GPU's can use any DXVA2 enabled H264 decoder from the H264 TAB if they want to use hardware acceleration.
If LAV is selected for H264, you can enter its [config] and in the upper right, select a DXVA2 decoder (native is preferred)

And lastly, if you have an unsolved issue, register on these forums and make a post asking for assistance.
I usually respond within the hour and certainly in less than 8 hours - I do sleep sometimes.

DO NOT attempt to respond to this posting - it is locked. Start a new post in the forum area.

These instructions are revised as I deem necessary. Development is an ongoing process.

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