VLC Codec Pack gives several different media players more support for videos and audio in a few seconds. It even comes with a brand-new media player that's loaded with features. If you constantly run into messages that your media player can't play a video or song, this download is awesome to have.
Though this pack shares a name with a very popular media player, it works with a few other players, as well. If you try it and it doesn't work with your player, the download includes a version of VLC's player, which gets high marks by most. VLC Codec Pack installs relatively quickly and goes right to work after a reboot, opening up several obscure formats for your player. The program hides an add-on program in the installation, but it makes you choose some seriously advanced settings if you choose the "expert install," which is the only way to avoid it. That makes the add-on much harder to get rid of, but we didn't have any problem installing the program with its preset settings. Aside from that somewhat shady part, this program is a solid way to supercharge most media players.
VLC Codec Pack can turn your player into a near-universal media player. If you love your player and don't want to switch just for bonus format support, check this download out.
The VLC Codec Pack is a free utility to install a collection of codecs/filters/splitters used for playing back video and audio files. After installation you will be able to play 99.9% of files through your media player, along with XCDs, VCDs, and SVCDs. Additional file associations are applied to make Windows Media Player play BDMV (unencrypted BluRay/AVCHD), EVO (unencrypted HD-DVD), MKV, M2TS, MP4, VOB, OGM, WEBM, FLV, and NUV movie files, as well as AC3, DTS, FLAC, APE, OGG, WV, TTA, OFR, SHN music files, and finally MO3, IT, XM, S3M, MTM, MOD, and UMX tracker audio files. Compression types supported include AVCHD, AVC, H.264, x264, H.263, H.261, DivX, XviD, Flash Video, VP3-8, Morgan JPEG, MJPEG, MPEG4, MPEG2. As an added extra a special version of VLC Player is included for files that may be broken or badly encoded. Users can simply right click on problem files and select "Open in VLC Player".
The package detects the best proof tested settings with additional options for CPU, GPU, and DXVA compatibility. Audio options during install allow users to set output from basic 2.0 channel stereo, right up to 7.1 channel output. Digital audio S/PDIF / HDMI passthrough for home theater systems can be set by the user to output Dolby Digital AC3, Dolby Digital Plus E-AC3, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, even multichannel non-AC3/DTS audio (for example 5.1 channel FLAC) can be set to encode as AC3 and output to digital S/PDIF / HDMI. Included in the package are a number of encoder codec's, allowing you to encode files in formats such as DivX and XviD in your favorite encoding application. 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows Media Player are supported as well as most other players. The package supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.
NOTE: Windows 8 requires the Media Center add on in order to play DVD's. This is a restriction put in place by Microsoft, rather than a codec issue.
NOTE: Protected formats may require a specific player.
What's new in this version:
- Version 188.8.131.52:
- Updated ffdshow to version 1.2.4502 build 20130224.
- Updated ffdshow x64 to version 1.2.4502 build 20130224.
- Updated LAV Splitter to version 0.55.3.
- Updated LAV Splitter x64 to version 0.55.3.
- Updated DXVA & Intel Quick Sync GPU/graphics card database.
- Added A Tray Menu with access to VLC Player and codec settings.