Windows Essentials Codec Pack is a collection of Video and Audio Codecs and tools that are required to Encode / Decode (i.e., PLAY) Audio and Video files. With it you should be able to play 99% of all the movies and music files that you download off the internet, and stay up to date with the latest Codecs through its Audio / Video Codec Update Service.
Unlike other codec packs which include several filters / decoders that are capable of decoding the same media format (which usually cause many conflicts / errors), this was designed to assign each file type to the most appropriate filter / decoder, not only reducing the installer size but also eliminating many of the conflicts / errors caused by multiple codecs being used to decode the same file type(s).
Formats supported: APE Source Filter; AC3 Filter (to decode audio tracks in movies); AVI Splitter (It can open many broken files and can reindex when needed); CDDA Reader Filter (capable of reading Audio CDs); CDXA Reader Filter (capable of reading (S)VCDs and XCDs); CoreAAC Filter; CoreFlac Decoder; FFDShow (for decompressing DivX, XviD, H.264, FLV1, WMV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and various other audio and video formats); FLV Splitter (Capable of splitting Flash Video files (FLV) and decoding On2 VP62 Video streams); OGG Splitter; GPL MPEG-1/2 Decoder; MOD Source Filter; MPEG Splitter; MPV Decoder; MPA Splitter; MPC Source Filter; MP4 Splitter; Matroska Splitter; Media Player Classic (built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support; OFR Source Filter; RealMedia Splitter; SHOUTcast Source Filter (capable of handling internet radio stations streams; WV Splitter / Decoder (capable of splitting and decoding WavPack Audio files (WV); VobSub Filter (capable of displaying embedded Subtitle files – SRT, SUB, IDX, etc)…
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