CNET Editors' review
StarCodec is a free pack of media codecs optimized for a wide range of media players and formats, packaged together with a single installer. It offers stable, high-quality video and audio playback from a variety of sources, including files, disks, and Web sites, and numerous configuration settings to optimize media compatibility and playback.
Installing the StarCodec pack involves choices like post-processing and file associations; we chose the defaults, but they're easy to change later. Clicking Finish opened StarCodec's locally downloaded HTML product page in our browser. StarCodec's Start Menu entry includes DivX playback controls and a DivX configuration tool, an AVI FourCC settings dialog, a MediaInfo feature with dozens of language options, and a folder labeled Config. There are also icons to quickly access the StarCodec Web site as well as remove the codec pack and associated software. The Config folder contains the settings for configurable filters, encoders, and decoders, including the aforementioned ones as well as Xvid and ffdshow; there's an SPDIF Test tool, too. None of the various settings seemed likely to challenge users who have configured media playback options before; there's assistance available online but no actual Help file. With codecs, the proof is in the playback, and we played a wide variety of video and audio files through three common media players: Windows Media Player, Zoom Player Pro, and the free, open-source VLC Player, which packs its own set of codecs. We played AVI and MPG video shorts, DVDs copied to the hard drive, iTunes-compatible music, and even a few odds and ends, all without a hitch or glitch. Clicking Remove quickly uninstalled all the codecs and associated software, requiring a reboot to finish and reassociate file types with their previous defaults.
If you're having trouble playing certain files in certain media players, you should definitely check out StarCodec. There are lots of free codec packs out there, but few we've seen are as complete as StarCodec's, and none we've come across are bundled together in such an easy-to-use package.
StarCodec is a codec pack, an installer of codecs for playing media files. StarCodec provide a convenient and stable media environment with audio environment option, video quality option and including stable and excellent codecs. StarCodec is optimized for various media players. Includes XviD, DivX, LAV Filters, ffdshow, x264, WebM, MPEG-1/2, MP3, MP4, MKV, H.264, AVC, OGG, AAC, madVR, MediaInfo, DivFix++.
What's new in this version: Version 20140212:
- Updated LAV Filters 0.60.1
- Updated ffdshow tryouts 4530
- Updated madVR 0.87.4
- Updated MediaInfo 0.7.67
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Version: StarCodec 20091109
NONE, haven't tried given that I don't like to have TROJANS in my PC.
This program contains a TROJAN!
When I wanted to install it my security software warned about a Trojan in the program
Version: StarCodec 20080624
Version: StarCodec 20080305
I tried all codec packs available on this website to play a DVD video in Boilsoft video splitter 5.1 on vista ultimate.But none worked. I expected this to work the least.But to my surprise it was the best of all-far better than windows essential media codec pack.Also it doesnot add any unwanted search bars to internet browser nor does it installs unwanted media players.Also it comes with 6 installation options. Now I can play almost any videos in any media players.I wonder why its so low on downloads list.Just try this codec and all your problems will be solved.
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Version: StarCodec 20070620
This software enables you to put any audio and video codec you require, if you need any codec this is the softrware for you.
Version: StarCodec 20070620
it solved the problem i had to convert a midi file to wav