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Combined Community Codec Pack

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Greetings, Comrades! Free codecs for the people, thanks to the benevolent CCCP. Not the USSR but rather the Combined Community Codec Pack Project, a group dedicated to propagating Windows video codecs to achieve de facto standardization among competing anime formats, many of them developed and used by fan groups. Over time it's grown into a collection of useful codecs for playing just about any kind of video file you're likely to encounter online. The whole point of the CCCP is to provide a comprehensive set of codecs that will not only play common files but also uncommon ones.

It's recommended that you use the CCCP in conjunction with CCCP Insurgent, a separate piece of freeware that identifies any codecs currently installed on your computer so that you can disable them according to the instructional wiki on the Project's Web site. The CCCP is focused on decoding video files, not encoding them, so there are issues with some video production and editing software--for instance, it doesn't play well with some Nero components, and it asks to disable them when you install the pack. However, it's worth the work to see the unusual anime shorts and demos these fan groups produce. The download also includes the excellent 321 Media Player Classic, which works when Windows Media Player won't.

The CCCP Project maintains extensive instructions and documentation on installing, using, and troubleshooting the pack, including known conflicts and issues and how to resolve them. The codecs are ready for Windows 7.

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    "Has Become Useless"

    November 19, 2013  |   By 2fartocry

    Version: Combined Community Codec Pack 2013.08.01

    Pros

    Allows for more playback coverage especially for MKV, and other higher end video and audio codecs that windows does not play natively. Also installs, Media Player Classic Home Cinema's latest version depending on the build.

    Cons

    Does not work on platforms other than Windows. Installs out of date codecs even in newer builds, and does not insure universal playback.

    Summary

    Codec pack was good until the 2012 releases now it is essentially junk.

    I had trouble on a netbook that I use to watch video files when I'm on the go. After installing the first 2012 build I started having problems with opening DVD files even though I could in previous versions. Other times I was also getting no video but clearly hearing the audio for some files or I would receive choppy audio playback. Ultimately I figured that the newest CCCP builds weren't compatible with my netbook, and reverted to a previous build that worked (even though I still could not have universal access to newer video and audio files).

    At one point I installed zoom player on my best computer as an alternative video player to Media Player Classic Home Cinema, but never really used it. Down the road, I had problems with a 2013 build of CCCP on my newest computer. I knew it was odd to have problems on a nearly new and very good computer so I looked for answers. Eventually I found that Zoom Player had an install center with their program which monitored codecs already installed on a system. The install center also checks for updates or if there were any uninstalled codecs which still needed to be installed. When I opened the install center, I found that most of the codecs CCCP installed were out of date. Furthermore, CCCP did not install codecs for many popular codecs such as FLAC which Zoom Player's install center was able to add for me. Sure enough, once I did this same thing on my netbook, which I thought did not have the hardware for newer CCCP builds, I found that I was now able to play video and audio files I was having a hard time with previously.

    In the end I've uninstalled CCCP but downloaded the standalone version of Media Player Classic Home Cinema as I was happy with the player. I'm very disappointed with CCCP as it was not only my go to codec pack since 2008 but it was also something I could and would always recommend to others. Now that I know it does not install everything or allow for universal playback I just can't use it anymore and I no longer recommend this codec pack. Now I just install both Media Player Classic and Zoom Player, and then use Zoom Player's install center to monitor the codecs installed on my computer to keep my system updated.

    2/5. I like Media Player Classic Home Cinema but if it had not been included this review would have been a 1/5.

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