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#3 Codecs FAQ

Posted by zeNmaster on 11 February 2011 - 12:31 PM

How can i start the first post from Codecs and Tools board if not with a link to Microsoft FAQ.

If you're newbie, the questions answered there will help you understand what's with all the fuss around codecs and of course, exempt us from answering already answered questions :)

Here is a question that, i bet, many multimedia savvy guys don't know the answer:

How do I tell which codecs are installed on my computer?

If you need to see a list of the Windows Media Player components and codecs installed on your computer, do the following:

1. On the Help menu, click About Windows Media Player.
If the Help menu is not visible, click Organize, point to Layout, and then select Show menu bar.
2. On the About Windows Media Player dialog box, click Technical Support Information.

Yes, it's that simple! No codec identifiers, viewers or other tools.

If this FAQ doesn't shed some light on your questions regarding codecs, i also suggest you to check:
What do you need to know about codecs and, of course, the famous question (and guide)... What Codecs Should I Use?



Other good articles about codecs:

All About Video Codecs and Containers - from Tech Hive:

What Exactly Is 'Codec'? Why Would I Ever Need It? - from about:

Good luck and welcome to our new forum!



Later edit:
Windows DVD Maker FAQ is here:


and Common Movie Maker errors, here:

the List of Multimedia Fomats Supported by Windows Media Player:

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#229 Subtitles in WMP 12

Posted by zeNmaster on 12 November 2011 - 01:34 PM

Windows Media Player uses the Media Foundation framework instead of DirectShow for playing certain file types. As a result, DirectShow subtitle filters like DirectVobSub are not used. Media Foundation lacks native support for many common subtitle formats.

Media Foundation is used for the following file types: AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, M2TS.

In case of AVI files, subtitles will be displayed if DirectVobSub is installed. Media Foundation has a special workaround to make that possible.

For the other file formats mentioned above you need to disable Media Foundation in order to be able to get subtitles. You can do that with the Win7DSFilterTweaker tool that is included with the codec pack. Instead of disabling Media Foundation, what also works in most cases is to disable the Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder. You can also do that with the Win7DSFilterTweaker tool.

If you have trouble getting DirectVobSub to load for external subtitles when ffdshow is set as preferred H.264 decoder, then try setting the preferred decoder back to Microsoft. That may help.

An alternative for DirectVobSub would be the Local Subtitles for WMP plugin for WMP12. That also works with Media Foundation.
Source: Codecguide

Or use MPC-HC which has built-in support for subtitles. Just drag and drop the subtitles into player, nothing more :)
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#4053 Subtitles in WMP 12

Posted by Guest on 19 February 2016 - 12:11 AM

Youre not being very clear but if its separate files, rename the subtitles you want exactly like the file name of the movie. EXAMPLE: XYZ-Movie.avi XYZ-Movie.sub srt, whatever the extension for subtitles you are using BSplayer works like this, vlc is pretty good also.
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#1891 VirtualDub AIO submission

Posted by ale5000 on 09 March 2015 - 07:49 PM


I would like to submit this software.


VirtualDub AIO is an unofficial installer designed to quickly, easily and automatically install VirtualDub, input plugins, video filters and VFW/ACM codecs.

It will free you from the burden to search and install manually all the needed things and you will be immediately ready to start using VirtualDub.
Additionally, the program fixes common misconfigurations.


Here: http://ale5000.alter...tualdub-aio.php


It is free and completely clean.

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#1470 VIRUS FOUND IN codec files

Posted by karenf on 08 December 2014 - 02:46 PM

I found that every file I downloaded from links supplied on the free-codecs website contains a virus. 
however if I google "softpedia" "k-lite codec", I finally get a link that lets me download a file without the virus.
It seams no matter what links I click on the freecodec website. I'm directed to CNET and whatever file I downloaded contains a virus.
EVERYONE. right click file and chose to scan it with AVG antivirus.
In summary. if you click on any links that directs you to CNET or pc-file. don't download. 
I still don't know how to navigate this new website. but it seams the safest way to go is to check the file before installing. I finally found out why my PC was acting weird. I kept having to re-intsall my audio drivers

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#12 Let me google that for you

Posted by zeNmaster on 16 February 2011 - 04:09 PM

If one of your friends asks that dumb question: ...but what is ***?, you can send her/him here:

For more fun, check their search log:
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