|10 Aug 2009||#1|
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Should I use codecs or VLC?
I can imagine there are litterly hundred of people asking this same question. So today I ask you Video Gurus to tell me and us.
What is the best route to go when installing a new PC window 7 Codecs, Which can mess up your PC but give you precision control over image quality.
Or VLC which has all the codecs built into it that will allow you to play any video format you need right out of the box?
Im always wondering and Ive used both myself However I'm working on the "perfect" build and I do not want to install un-needed or troublesome applications.
I love the VLC ease of use, however I hate the player. No matter what I watch when I jump ahead I get tons of pixelations for 10-15 seconds afterwards.
Im not a dig deep into the guts guy either so installing Codecs and having to config every aspect of these when I have no idea what all the setting really means isn't fun either.
So lets hear what the "pros" here have to say on this question! If There is another application besides VLC please feel free to add it to the discussion.
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|12 Aug 2009||#8|
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for years, i used to say 'vlc' - but now i've converted, so it's kmp for me!
sadly however, neither of the programs are perfect- i watch a lot of foreign movies (needing subtitles) and i've found i've got to keep both kmp and vlc installed.
overall, i prefer kmp - avi quality seems better, and i like the way i can control things with my extra mouse buttons - i can use my side forward/back buttons to make 5 second jumps etc.
plus kmp generally has much better subtitle support, with fine control over size and positioning - you can even position the subtitles in the black bars under widescreen movies, so none of the image is obscured.
i've found the odd mkv that vlc won't play, but kmp can, by using different splitters.
kmp's not perfect, however: its main drawback, for me, is a problem with dvd subtitles, even though it's great with mkv subs.
i've always found codec packs too bloated and complicated, and a real pain getting subtitles to work. i know some people swear by the quality of certain codecs, and they are essential if you need to encode, but for simple file playback, all i need is kmp, with a little help from vlc every now and then.
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