From Cole2k Media:
The Cole2k Media Advanced Codec Pack is an easy way to install all main stream codecs to play movie and music files downloaded from the web or ripped from original sources. Installation is made easy with an easy install option and the most functional setting are automatically applied. Under Windows 7 and Vista popular file types are set to play in Windows Media Player, although the codecs will work in every player. Codecs for encoding and editing are included in the pack with settings automatically applied to suit most encoding, ripping and editing applications.The codec pack includes both 32bit and 64bit codecs enabling it to work with 32bit and 64bit version of Microsoft Windows and players.
Files supported include .mkv .mka (Matroska) .avi .bdmv .evo .mp4 .m4v .m4a .flv .webm .ogm .ogg .ts .ps .ac3 (Dolby Digital) .dts (Digital Theater Surround) .flac .ape (Monkey Audio) .aac .ofr (OptimFrog) .mpc (Musepack) .wv (WavPack) and many more
Compression types supported include 10bit x264 (Hi10p), x264, h264, AVC, DivX, XviD, MJPEG (Morgan JPEG) MPEG4 and many more.
What's new in this version: Version 8.0.2:
- Updated: ffdshow to version 1.2.4504.
- Updated: ffdshow x64 to version 1.2.4504.
- Updated: Flash Video (FLV) Splitter to version 188.8.131.5266.
- Updated: Flash Video (FLV) Splitter x64 to version 184.108.40.20666.
- Updated: LAV Video Codec, Audio Codec and Splitter to version 0.55.3.
- Updated: LAV Video Codec, Audio Codec and Splitter x64 to version 0.55.3.
- Updated: L.A.M.E MP3 ACM Encoder Codec to version 3.99.5.
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"It works for me."
Version: Cole2k Media Codec Pack (Advanced) 8.0.2
It fixed the no-play problem that I was having with some video files in Windows Media Player on the Windows XP Home SP3 platform.
There don't seem to be any cons.
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