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Windows 7: Best Codec Pack for Windows 7

04 Jun 2010   #91

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Visit Shark007's WIKI for complete usage information... or seek solutions on MY FORUM

I know nothing about alternate players. I use the players that come with Windows.
The only player I test with other than the Windows players is Media Player Classic - Homecinema and even then, I use the preconfigured versions which I distribute from the Tools page of my website.

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05 Jun 2010   #92

Windows 7

Very good. Thanks, Shark007. Just one more thing... How do I avoid disabling Aero in full screen mode? Every time I play a video in full screen mode (Windows Media Player), I get my Aero disabled automatically. Do you know how to fix it? Does your pack fix this with any settings?

I usually use Direct3D renderer on other players, but Windows Media Player doesn't allow me to change the renderer, does it? I've never seen any option.

Thanks again.

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05 Jun 2010   #93

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

The fact that you have not filled out your system specs (see the clicky in the lower left of everyones posts?) leaves me no choice but to guess. Most likely Aero is being disabled by the OS because your GPU is integrated and lacks the RAM to play the video properly or it is just to old for the tasks you ask of it.
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05 Jun 2010   #94

Windows 7

Shark007, I don't know exactly what you need, but according to DirectX Diagnostic Tool...

Name: SiS Mirage 3 Graphics
Manufacturer: Silicon Integrated System Corp.
Chip Type: SiS672 series
DAC Type: Internel
Approx. Total Memory: 312 MB
Current Display Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor

Main Driver: SISGRUMD.dll,SiSClone.dll,SiSF...
Date: 14/01 08:57:04
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Model: WDDM 1.0

[DirectX Features]
DirectDraw Acceleration: Enabled
Direc3D Acceleration: Enabled
AGP Texture Accelearation: Enabled

No problems found.

According to CPU-Z...

- Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3400 @ 2.16GHz (MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T)
- Cache Level 2 = 1024 KBytes
- Mainboard = Clevo M540SS, Chipset SiS672 Rev. 00
- BIOS = Phoenix Technologies LTD, Version 6.00, Date 02/06/2009
- Graphic Interface = AGP version 3.0, Transfer Rate 8x, Max. Supported 8x, Side Band enabled
- Memory = DDR2, 3072 MBytes, Frequency 333.4 MHz
- GPU SiS Mirage 3 Graphics, Revision 10, Memory 256 MBytes

All 256 MB are set to be used, on BIOS.
Running Windows 7 Ultimate x86.

Detail: the Aero-related issue doesn't happen with other players such as SMPlayer and Media Player Classic - Homecinema (both with renders set to Direct3D). I don't know much about this stuff, but if other programs work well, without disabling Aero in full screen mode, I believe this issue must be something related to Windows Media Player only, and not to my GPU. Am I wrong? I don't know.


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06 Jun 2010   #95

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

your system's hardware is not up to the task.
The OS is disabling Aero to allow maximum RAM to be used for playback.

If other players allow proper playback without stutter, you are very lucky.
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06 Jun 2010   #96

Windows 7

Hum, weird conclusion, but you know more than me, so you might be right. Thanks.

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16 Jul 2010   #97

Win XP & 7 Ultimate

Much Ado About Nothing
After reading so much of Forums, Reference materials like Wikipedia, and after spending a lot of time hunting for a Best Codec Pack the Question of "Best codec pack for windows Os (XP, Vista, Seven)" seeems rather odd. But one can ask the question of which is the Best Codec for Coding/Decoding a Multimedia File.

Codec Packs: After all they are just Codec packs, ie pack containing all the necessary Codecs from different sources to help the amatuers, average user & lazy proffessionals to play the multimedia rather than hunting for a specific codec for playing a file

Wikipedia: Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video components for Microsoft Windows that enables the operating system and its software to play back various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself (little edited)

About.Com: Codec packs are collections of codecs gathered in single large files. There is much debate over whether it is necessary to get a large group of codec files, but it certainly is the easiest and least-frustrating option for new downloaders

So no big deal here and my suggetion is just instal the one which meets the following Basic Critteria
1) Plays most of the formats if not all the Formats available currently,
2) Free of malware/adware/spyware and simillar crap,
3) Reasaonably stable and makes least Changes to OS
4) Easy to Install or Unistall alteast for Amatures & Less Technical average users
5) For Professionals and Advanced users - Individual Preferences like Advanced options etc.,

I guess most of the popular packs meet the above criteria since each one tries to excel the other, but nothing is perfect each one has its own Merits and Demerits. From my personal expereince i have tried a lot of codec packs finally i settled with K-Lite Mega Codec Pack since it met most of the above criteria. I have not tried Shark's Codec packs, will do so in the Future.

Here are the codec packs recommend by (What Exactly Is 'Codec', and Why Would I Ever Need It?)
1. CCCP Combined Community Codec Pack
2. XP Codec Pack
3. K-Lite Codec
4. K-Lite Mega Codec

As for Mr.Shark who's is to be appreciated for pains takingly creating a codec pack and spoon feeding it to most of the users - hats off to you, But his emotional outburts come a like stone to the face of those who make casual remarks about his works making him Mr.Stony Shark 007 - sorry Mr.Shark just kidding. If Mr.Shark were to remain cool and diplomatic to his critics it would only add to his reputation. A Person like you will definitly recieve negative remarks just go easy on them, show your skill in your works instead of insulting them that would shut their mouth, wouldn't it Mr.Shark ? And Mr.Shark you keep on metioning K-Crap if it is a crap to you so is your's to others, learn to respect others crap as you would want them to respect yours. I'm just trying to be fair here thats it.

As for a the Best Codec is concerend its goes by Bit Rate, Lossy codecs: / Lossless codecs, In case of Lossy codec the comppression ratio, whether it is an open source or not and so on.
See Wikipedia: Comparison of Codecs

Also See Video compression codecs, how to compare video codecs the right way

This is the head ache of the person who is Creating and or Distributing the multimedia file to select a particular codec for compressing his File. The end user need not be worried about it because you just download the file that is already encoded with a certain type of codec, if you are not saftisfied by the quality of the video go for a different one or you don't have much choice here.

Article From About.Com - What Exactly Is 'Codec', and Why Would I Ever Need It?
What Exactly Is 'Codec'? Why Would I Ever Need It? Internet for Beginners
By Paul Gil, Guide
Question: What Exactly Is 'Codec'? Why Would I Ever Need It?

Answer: (February, 2010)
"Codec" is a technical name for "compression/decompression". It also stands for "compressor/decompressor" and "code/decode". All of these variations mean the same thing: a codec is a computer program that both shrinks large movie files, and makes them playable on your computer. Codec programs are required for your media player to play your downloaded music and movies.

"Why do we need codecs?"
ANS: Because video and music files are large, they become difficult to transfer across the Internet quickly. To help speed up downloads, mathematical "codecs" were built to encode ("shrink") a signal for transmission and then decode it for viewing or editing. Without codecs, downloads would take three to five times longer than they do now.

"Is there only one codec I need?"
ANS: Sadly, there are hundreds of codecs being used on the Internet, and you will need combinations that specifically play your files. There are codecs for audio and video compression, for streaming media over the Internet, videoconferencing, playing mp3's, speech, or screen capture. To make matters more confusing, some people who share their files on the Net choose to use very obscure codecs to shrink their files. This makes it very frustrating for users who download these files, but do not know which codecs to get to play these files. If you are a regular downloader, you will probably need ten to twelve codecs to play your music and movies.

"How do I know which codec to download and install?"
ANS: Your Windows Media Player will often try to communicate to you the 4-character code of the specific codec it needs. Note this code, then visit this website to obtain the missing codec. For a small FAQ section, follow the link on the left called "Sample Code".

"What are the codecs I should download and install?"
ANS: There is no single best answer to this question. There are so many codec choices. The easiest option is to download "codec packs". Codec packs are collections of codecs gathered in single large files. There is much debate over whether it is necessary to get a large group of codec files, but it certainly is the easiest and least-frustrating option for new downloaders. Here are the codec packs we recommend at

1. CCCP2 Combined Community Codec Pack is one of the most comprehensive codec packages you can download. CCCP was put together by users who like to share and watch movies online, and the codecs they've chosen are designed for 99% of the video formats you will experience as a P2P downloader. It is still virus-free as of February, 2010, so definitely consider CCCP if you think your computer needs updated codecs.

2. XP Codec Pack3 XP Codec Pack is a sleek, all-in-one, spyware / adware free codec collection that also offers a good, solid Media Player Classic. Currently just under 6MB in size, XP Codec Pack is truly one of the most complete assemblies of codecs needed to play all major audio and video formats.

3. K-Lite Codec Pack4 Very user-friendly and well tested, K-Lite Codec Pack is loaded with goodies. It will enable you to play all the popular movie formats. K-Lite comes in 4 flavors: Basic, Standard, Full and Mega. If all you need is to be able to play DivX and XviD formats, Basic will do just fine. Standard pack is probably the most popular - it has everything an average user needs to play the most common file formats. Full pack, designed for power users, has even more codecs plus encoding support.

4. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack5 Mega is a very comprehensive has everything but a kitchen sink. Mega even contains QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative.
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10 Aug 2010   #98

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Just One

Just Shark007 here plays everything, I could even finally get rid off crappie quicktime here!
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10 Aug 2010   #99


For XP I use k-lite, but with windows 7, I've found the WMP 12 has built in support for almost anything I throw at it, with VLC filling most of the gaps
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15 Aug 2010   #100

wind 7 64bit

I have a home theatre setup that I couldn't have done without Shark007...his help and his codecs. Why anyone would not want to use his stuff is beyond me. Thanks Shark007!
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