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November 5, 2008 8:21:32 PM

What is the best codec pack for a htpc?

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2008 8:29:00 PM

VLC or GOM. Each program comes with their own internal codecs.

If you don't like either program (:o ), then consider K-lite. WMP classic and K-lite can also play just about anything.
November 5, 2008 8:30:14 PM

I like K-lite. Seems to have everything I need.
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November 5, 2008 8:38:37 PM

VLC all the way :) 
November 5, 2008 8:52:26 PM

KLite has always worked well for me but you can't go wrong with VLC either. Both are good choices imho.
November 5, 2008 9:17:43 PM

CODEC PACKS ARE EVIL. NEVER EVER INSTALL ONE.

The only decoder you should ever need is FFdshow. (ffdshow-tryouts)
So your best options for a htpc are:

Media player classic + ffdshow-tryouts (the best.. also supports DX video acceleration)
VLC (Doesnt rely on direct show filters.. but has really crappy MKV and H264 support)
Mplayer (really awesome, doesnt rely on directshow filters and has many many front ends)

Links:
MPC-HC: http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
ffdshow-tryouts: http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/
SMplayer: http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/
VLC: http://www.videolan.org/
November 5, 2008 9:23:36 PM

Personally I like the CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack). It works great with, and includes, Media Player Classic HC.
http://www.cccp-project.net/
November 5, 2008 11:04:41 PM

satsuki is my favorite decoder pack. k-lite and cccp didn't play some videos for me. like either video or sound was off.

http://yatoshi.com/en/index.php

most people have never heard for it, but it's the only one that played all the different type of video files i have.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2008 11:16:31 PM

Multiple codec packages can be evil, but a single one should be just fine. I've been using K-lite for a very long time, it works well.
November 5, 2008 11:44:40 PM

I recommend if you do k-lite you do the mega version. It doesn't seem to play subtitle files in the same folder as the video without some markova add on that's related to the group that does CCCP, so you may want to just get that one.
November 6, 2008 12:02:40 AM

skittle said:
CODEC PACKS ARE EVIL. NEVER EVER INSTALL ONE.

The only decoder you should ever need is FFdshow. (ffdshow-tryouts)
So your best options for a htpc are:

Media player classic + ffdshow-tryouts (the best.. also supports DX video acceleration)
VLC (Doesnt rely on direct show filters.. but has really crappy MKV and H264 support)
Mplayer (really awesome, doesnt rely on directshow filters and has many many front ends)

Links:
MPC-HC: http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
ffdshow-tryouts: http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/
SMplayer: http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/
VLC: http://www.videolan.org/


ffdshow is good but outdated. I used to use it alot until I got JetAudio Plus which comes with a whole bunch of codecs anyway.
I've heard nothing but good things about VLC, but have never used it.
November 6, 2008 1:09:57 AM

"ffdshow" IS outdated, and discontinued.

"ffdshow-tryouts" is the continuation of that project. It is more up to date than VLC... theyre both built around ffmpeg.

Klite contains multiple conflicting decoders for the same codecs.. as do many codec packs. In fact most codec packs (including klite) include ffdshow. Ask your self, what would you play that ffdshow cant play? the only other decoder you might want is a better h264 decoder (ie "coreavc")
a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2008 11:31:20 AM

First, again, I've installed Klite before, I've never had an issue with it. Second, there are multiple decoders for the same thing, but by default it only installs one. Unless you are dumb enough to select them all, it won't cause any issues to use it.

Personally I use VLC. While I agree that GOM has better looking video, I don't like the interface. But I do think its wrong to tell people not to use Klite. It will work, and it shouldn't cause any issues.
November 6, 2008 3:15:40 PM

Why bother at all with klite? You can get the latest builds of MPC-HC and FFdshow-tryouts off of sourceforge. You can even get the x64 builds.

And yes, Klite is known to cause problems when it comes to encoding video. albeit only when using a VFW codec (who still using AutoGK these days)

Quote:
• Player :
- Media Player Classic [version 6.4.9.1 rev. 82]
- Media Player Classic Home Cinema [version 1.1.843]
• FFDShow :
- ffdshow [revision 2202]
- ffdshow VFW interface
- extra plugins
• DirectShow video filters :
- XviD [version 1.2.0 build 2008-01-10]
- DivX [version 6.8.4]
- On2 VP6 [version 6.4.2.0]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.10.0]
- MPEG-2 (Cyberlink) [version 8.1.0.1608]
- MPEG-2 (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.4]
- MPEG-1 (MainConcept) [version 1.0.0.78]
• DirectShow audio decoding filters:
- AC3/DTS/LPCM/MP1/MP2 (AC3Filter) [version 1.51a]
- Vorbis (CoreVorbis) [version 1.1.0.79]
- AAC (MONOGRAM) [version 0.9.5.0]
• DirectShow audio parsers:
- MusePack (MONOGRAM) [version 0.9.1.2 | 0.3.1.2]
- WavPack (CoreWavPack) [version 1.1.1]
- FLAC (madFLAC) [version 1.8]
- Monkey's Audio (DCoder) [version 1.0]
- OptimFROG (RadLight) [version 1.0.0.1]
- DC-Bass Source [version 1.1.1]
- AC3/DTS Source (AC3File) [version 0.5b]
- AMR (MONOGRAM) [version 1.0.1.0]
• DirectShow source filters:
- AVI splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.9]
- AVI splitter (Haali Media Splitter) [version 1.8.122.18]
- MP4 splitter (Haali Media Splitter) [version 1.8.122.18]
- MP4 splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.4]
- Matroska splitter (Haali Media Splitter) [version 1.8.122.18]
- Matroska splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.3.0]
- Ogg splitter (Haali Media Splitter) [version 1.8.122.18]
- Ogg splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.1]
- MPEG PS/TS splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.4]
- MPEG PS/TS splitter (Haali Media Splitter) [version 1.8.122.18]
- FLV splitter (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.4]
- CDXA Reader (Gabest) [version 1.0.0.2]
• DirectShow subtitle filter:
- DirectVobSub (a.k.a. VSFilter) [version 2.39]
- DirectVobSub (a.k.a. VSFilter) [version 2.33]
• Other filters:
- Haali Video Renderer [version 1.8.122.18]
• VFW video codecs:
- XviD [version 1.2.0 build 2008-01-10]
- DivX [version 6.8.4]
- x264 [revision 913]
- On2 VP6 [version 6.4.2.0]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.10.0]
- Intel Indeo 4 [version 4.51.16.2]
- Intel Indeo 5 [version 5.2562.15.54]
- Intel I.263 [version 2.55.1.16]
- huffyuv [version 2.1.1 CCE Patch 0.2.5]
- YV12 (Helix) [version 1.2]
• ACM audio codecs:
- MP3 (Fraunhofer) [version 3.4.0.0]
- MP3 (LAME) [version 3.98.2]
- AC3ACM [version 1.4]
- Vorbis [version 0.0.3.6]
- DivX ;)  Audio [version 4.2.0.0]
• Tools:
- Codec Tweak Tool [version 2.2.9]
- GSpot Codec Information Appliance [version 2.70a]
- MediaInfo Lite [version 0.7.7.7]
- VobSubStrip [version 0.11]
- GraphEdit [build 061102]
- Haali Muxer
- FourCC Changer
- Bitrate Calculator


And people say vista is bloated :/ 
Klite is an ancient piece of crap that should just die.

And AFAIK, ALL of the media players (including VLC, GOM) and general purpose encoders that claim things like 99% of all video compatibility... are all based off of the ffmpeg project.
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