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Windows 7: Should I use codecs or VLC?

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.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2009   #2


Personally i use KM Player,try it and see if it's good for you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7

I'd download the CCCP codec pack and use Media Player Classic (which it comes with, already basically set up how you'd want it).
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Aug 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Miro works very well for me...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #5

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)

If you just want to play all media formats use Vlc.
But if you want to Run them in Mediacenter, WMP or if you want to convert, encode and decode you have to use a codec pack......
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #6

7600x64 RTM

KMP, all the way, plays DTS as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #7

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

VLC for the win.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use the Windows 7 codec pack from, it's very lightweight and does the job perfectly for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use it does the job fine for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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