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  1. cybercore

    cybercore New Member

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    A good set of freeware codecs and tools is here, all compatible with 7:

    Codec Guide: K-Lite Codec Pack - Windows 7 codecs

    I installed K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit because I couldn't play one of my DVDRips.

    K-Lite Video Conversion Pack contains the following applications:

    Avidemux is a very powerful tool for editing video files. It supports almost every type of video file as input. It can do lots of things: cut, remux, convert, etc. It contains its own decoders and encoders for all common audio and video formats, so it does not need any codecs.

    ImgBurn is a versatile tool for burning DVDs.

    DVDStyler is a basic DVD authoring tool. With this you can create your own video DVD, complete with a custom menu.

    I've been using K-Lite stuff for a long time, and been happy with it. But there is another alternative to K-Lite:

    Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs

    Don't know how good this last one is.
     
  2. whoosh

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    Nice one Cybercore . Very handy tips on codecs :)
     
  3. cybercore

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    Happy to hear that, thank you Whoosh.
     
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    Could you provide a direct link to this? I visited the page and when I clicked on the Download link on the 64 bit Codec Pack page it took me to another site. When I selected its DL link it just gave me a FFDSHOW file.
     
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    Hope this link will be of use to you : Download K-Lite Codec Pack

    Or : http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_lite_codec_pack.htm

    http://www.free-codecs.com/K_Lite_Codec_Pack_download.htm

    K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit :
    This is a bundle of 64-bit DirectShow filters that can be used together with 64-bit players, such as Windows Media Center. This pack can co-exist without problems with the regular (32-bit) K-Lite Codec Pack.
    The 64-bit versions of Windows can run 32-bit software perfectly fine. So it is recommended to use the regular K-Lite Codec Pack when possible. That one contains more, better and faster decoders. You only need 64-bit filters for use with 64-bit applications.
    Works on 64-bit versions of Windows XP/2003/Vista/Seven.
     
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    I already did: it takes you to the description page with 9 mirrors (all officially checked and trusted), choose one which works well for you, I prefer softpedia's.


    @ Whoosh, thank you for the follow-up comment : )
     
  7. reghakr

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    cybercore,

    I have all you have listed except for Sharks.

    If fact I just had a dispute with him another form.

    He told me to keep using K=crap
     
  8. cybercore

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    It is always good to have reasons-why for something being criticized.


    I don't know which pack is better, I know there are many adepts of each. I personally felt comfortable with both these packs installed in my systems separately at different times. I used them to playback and to record my Avermedia stream, worked well. I also know some users do quite well without any codecs installed, and I've also heard Pinnacle gurus not recommend to install any codecs to avoid Pinnacle conflict.
     
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    Do they install the same files and are the versions higher or lower than K-Lite?
     
  10. cybercore

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    I think it differs from version to version of each of the packs, but I must say that I haven't watched specifically for the issue you mention. For the most part, the codecs should be the same.

    As for the K-Lite, I've noticed its installation is very customizable, I prefer it the fullest way and I haven't had any troubles with it. I know there are many adepts of each package (to me it looks more of a matter of habit which one to prefer), and I myself have tried them both (but separately) in Vista, frankly did not notice any significant difference. Playing back and recording my TV/FM tuner was all I used them for.

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    Should anyone be in doubts whether to install codecs or not, if you do not have problems playing and recording media then you can quite do without them. :) Otherwise consider one of the codec packs listed above.

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    There is a great site devoted to codecs including the above mentioned paks:

    Free-Codecs.com :: Download latest audio codecs, video codecs, codec packs and tools, FREE!

    Free-Codecs.com :: Download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.4.4 : The K-Lite Mega Codec Pack includes the K-Lite Codec Pack Full, QuickTime Alternative, Real Alternative support and Monkey's Audio DirectShow decoder.

    Free-Codecs.com :: Download Vista Codec Package 5.4.9 : With Vista Codec Package installed, you won't need to install any other codec or filter.
     

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