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09-11-2010, 08:45 PM
I just dismantled my pc, cleaned every inch of surface on it, re-assembled it and re-installed Windows. I'm now putting all my software back on and I'm stumbling when it comes to video codecs and which ones to put on. Besides Quicktime for .mov's, what should I put on? Any advice?

I've heard codec packs are crap and cause software conflicts so what's the minimum I need to play the most amount of audio/video files?

09-11-2010, 09:50 PM
if i remember well you generally need beside QT:

FFD show MPG
Haali Matroska MP4
OGG Vorbis
an Mp3 codec
Real alternative for Real videos

But ill keep an eye in this thread since i might need to update mine =P

09-11-2010, 09:58 PM
You may find something here...


Its been quite awhile since I checked it out so as a precaution it would be wise to scan anything you download.

09-11-2010, 10:03 PM
If it helps here is a list of my avi codecs...

Cinepak Codec by Radius
Intel 4:2:0 Video V2.50
Intel Indeo(R) Video R3.2

Intel Indeo® Video 4.5
Intel IYUV codec
Microsoft RLE
Microsoft Video 1
Microsoft H.263 Video Codec
Microsoft H.261 Video Codec
Indeo® video 5.10
XviD MPEG-4 Codec
TechSmith Screen Capture Codec
NewTek Video Codec [NT25]
NewTek SpeedHQ 4:2:2
NewTek SpeedHQ 4:2:2:4 (Alpha)
NewTek SpeedHQ 4:2:0
NewTek SpeedHQ 4:4:4
NewTek SpeedHQ 4:4:4:4 (Alpha)
NewTek VT[3] Video Codec
Full Frames (Uncompressed)

09-11-2010, 10:42 PM

K-lite mega and QT alternative
I also install VLC Player as a backup player.

It's all you will ever need. Been using it for years and i love it.

09-12-2010, 03:06 AM
Since I last reinstalled Win7 I haven't installed a single codec yet. I just use VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) and so far it has played about anything I've thrown at it.

09-12-2010, 12:56 PM
dang.. installing seperate codecs ... haven't done that in ages..

09-12-2010, 02:49 PM
...I just use VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) and so far it has played about anything I've thrown at it.

yup, this is what i do too.

09-12-2010, 02:55 PM
what are codecs?

09-12-2010, 03:43 PM
codecs are the code used to play coded video files

so if you for example try to play an .avi file, but it won't play, you probably need to install the code(c) in order to play it.

it can be tricky sometimes though to find the correct codec, as the player usually don't tell you what codec that is needed.

that's why i install the free VLC player, as it also at the same time installs the most common codecs used today, so it is likely to be able to play any video file you have received or downloaded.

09-12-2010, 05:10 PM
just go with VLC and you'll be fine. I recently formated my PC too, installed a few codecs, but... VLC would be enough.