STANDARD Codecs for Windows 7/8/10 

ENJOY FULL PLAYBACK OF ALL OF YOUR MEDIA FILES WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR SYSTEM.
If you have renamed system files or used a utility such as MCDU, this may not work for you.
Please attempt to return all system files back to original filenames before using this product.
If you decide to installed registry hacks; you machine may already be broken beyond repair.

MKV playback is fully supported including thumbnailing.
You can choose any media player you want, everything will play
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H264 / AVC, hi10p / HEVC codecs are available for use by all players.

Windows 10 Technical Preview is fully tested AND supported.

The following filetypes are enabled and SUPPORTED by the installation of the Windows 8 Codecs.
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.

 >>>> SETUP AND USAGE <<<<

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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.


Things the Shark pack does that other packs cannot do . . .


1. Full color thumbnails including FLV's and 10bit MKV's.
(also allows users to select at what point by percentage to grab the thumbnail)
2. Enable the Preview Pane for ALL newly enabled filetypes such as MKV and FLV.
3. Explorer properties are displayed for non native filetypes such as MKV and FLV
4. Updated often - and has update notification builtin
5. Allow use of the PowerDVD decoders for 32bit LiveTV in Media Center.
6. Support playback of MKV files on Extenders and on the Xbox One.
7. Support the use of the Play To function for MKV files
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8. Support playback of MOD audio files and M4A files containing ALAC
9. Supports playlist creation for use in Media Center
10. Allow users to Enable/Disable codecs installed on their system
11. Functionality such as Win7DSFilterTweaker builtin.
12. Support 'Add to Windows Media Player List' using rightclick on all files such as MKV.

 

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. This frustration was the basis for me to begin making a codecpack that works with ALL players.

The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases 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 8 codecs installer, Click Here. After installation completes you do need to rightclick the installed Settings Application shortcut found in the Metro interface, and choose 'Run as Adminstrator' from the commands across the bottom. When the program opens, check the box for [x] SUGGESTED settings and Windows Media Player and 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 Windows 8 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. Media Center users 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 package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.

 

The STANDARD release only contains LAV filters and xy-VSFilter for subtitles.

Download the latest release here, v2.2.4 from:
               
        

distribution file information: MajorGeeks receives the distribution file directly from me.
It is currently 28.6MB and has an MD5 of 61aa7de2d9e934d46a5f87eed2127075

notable updates (current):
- update LAV filters
- update Icaros
- support Dolby Atmos audio
- improved HEVC decoding
- Allow HEVC hardware acceleration
- improved subtitle support

Windows 10 Technical Preview users should do a clean install of version 223 for proper functionality.
Future releases, after v223, will allow upgrade installations.
UPGRADE installations are fully functional!

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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