Codecs for Windows XP and Vista


Version 6.x include the LAV filters by nevcairiel.

The following filetypes are enabled and SUPPORTED by the installation of the Vista Codec Package.
amr | mpc | ofr | divx | mka | ape | flac | evo | flv | m4b | mkv | ogg | ogv | ogm | rmvb | xvid
All of the above filetypes can be queued to the Windows Media Player Playlist using a right-click.

 

 

Concerning S/PDIF, digital, optical and HDMI: The administrator and a regular user are different users and each must setup the Audio TAB. At no time should anyone have a need to click the leftside of the Audio TAB manually; it uses system detection.

The following quotations are from a person with vast multimedia experience.

Feb. 19, 2014 - "I'd suspect that if I put it to the test I'd find that K-Lite, for example, had done more damage (as measured by crash reports) than some notable percentage of actual outright malware."

Mar. 2, 2014 - "At one point 7 of the top 10 crashes in multimedia on Windows lead squarely to problems induced by K-Lite."

Mar. 3, 2014 - "...the fact remains that they (K-Lite) have been one of the most toxic projects ever released for Windows in any form."

The above quotations encapsulate what prompted me to produce my own codec packs.


The codec packs contains a Settings Application to use in conjunction with your windows media center setup which will enable a user to choose different splitters and decoders for specific filetypes. The application will also allow you to choose from 10 different speaker configurations from 'same as input' and all the way up to full 7.1 channel output.

updated applications are available on the forums

The Settings Application is 100% UAC compliant.
Restricted access is enforced. (User Account Control)

The Application allows each user to maintain individual codec settings while at the same time seamlessly integrating any administrative commands directly into the users account. New users accounts are detected upon opening the Application and automatically inherit the Administrators settings.


This installation will enable intuitive video file descriptions of hidden file extensions.

Adding files to the Windows Media Player Playlist

On the Help TAB of the Settings Application is a button to allow you to choose Windows Media Player Filetype Associations. Once you have used this button, you can Enqueue newly associated files to the Windows Media Player Playlist as depicted below. If for some reason this doesn't work for you, go back to the associations button, click No twice, consecutively, then select Yes. No reboot is required.

 
This will also work for audio files such as FLAC, APE or musepack.

 

Codecs have been a problem for most users at one time or another. This is because there has never been an 'out of the box' working solution that the average computer user could install and just have everything work properly from the beginning. There are several decent codec package solutions out there, but none of them did everything I wanted. I was always in need of a tweak, adjustment, or even a re-installation just to get the codecs I needed/wanted and most of the time, the file still didn't play properly. I've never claimed to be a media guru. My media experience prior to creating these packages was to double-click a file I downloaded and hope that it played.

The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec packs from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive windows media center setup package. For a list of all things automatically uninstalled by the Windows Vista Codec Package installer, Click Here. You won't need to make any adjustments or tweaks to enjoy your windows media center content immediately. Windows Media Player and Vista Media Center will instantly recognize all your files as playable.

It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the vista codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of Windows Vista Codec Package have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire codec package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.

 



The Windows Vista Codec Package installation supports 20 localizations.
The default is English and includes support for the following other languages; Arabic, Chinese Simplified/Traditional, Japanese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish and Turkish. Languages can be added upon request.

 


Download the latest stable release, v6.7.0 from  MajorGeeks

                   
        

UNINSTALL YOUR OLD VERSION - upgrades are DISABLED!

distribution file information: MajorGeeks receives the distribution file directly from me.
It is currently 27.9MB and has an MD5 of b9a047455ad191206da3167b5b263b27

Changelog:
- update FFDshow
- update LAV filters
- update Gabest filters
- update VSFilter (DirectVobSub)

This software uses code of FFmpeg licensed under the GPLv2.0 and its source can be downloaded 


Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

I put a lot of time and effort into creating and maintaining these releases.



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