Update packs for the K-Lite Codec Pack. KLCP gets updated frequently. However, there may be worthwhile updates to some of the included components in between the regular releases of KLCP. K-Lite Codec Pack is a free software bundle for playing all your audio and video files. It supports all common file formats, such as AVI, MP4, MKV, and FLV.
I read few places that K-Lite codec and generally all codec packs are Bad for system. And we should stick to the players instead of Codec packs. Because they are messing up the Registry. And we really don't need what they offer. Any way i like K-Lite codec Basic for one reason: i don't have to install other players such as MPC-HC. And everything runs via WMP. But i have few questions: ( and please don't suggest me other players ) 1.Is K-Lite codec Basic a bad codec pack and should i avoid it?
BAD means: Messing up registry and causing problems 2.which one plays more ( Popular and Common ) video formats? WMP+KLite basic or MPC-HC? I have never needed to install a codec pack ever when using MPC-HC or VLC player. Also, since you are going to download and install klite, how is that any different than installing another player? When the program includes the codecs, like the 2 I mentioned, they usually include the latest version of the codecs built in to the program. Sometimes with Klite you will have to upgrade the codecs even though it wont prompt you or tell you that you need to.
It will just make the playback messed up, and you will have to guess at the problem. Also, at least with MPC-HC, you can run SVP and other shader upgrades that make the video quality much better (really) than WMP. Like most things Microsoft, it works, but you wouldnt want to use it unless you had to. Well, 2 weeks ago I would say VLC player, only because I didn't try out MPC-HC yet. But, after some testing, they both play every format I can throw at them. So I'd consider them both equal in that respect. VLC seems to have more features built in.
MPC allows you to use nifty things like SVP (smooth video project, look it up, its really cool!) and madVR renderer. Those 2 things made me switch from VLC to MPC.
I used VLC for the past 5 years and loved it. It has bugs though. Blazedvd. MPC seems more stable considering I would get various fails or crashes with VLC when doing some common things. Both programs have incredible customization in their advanced menus.
Give both a try and see which you like better. I wish both of them would support r4 visualizer tho. I read few places that K-Lite codec and generally all codec packs are Bad for system. And we should stick to the players instead of Codec packs. Because they are messing up the Registry. And we really don't need what they offer.
Any way i like K-Lite codec Basic for one reason: i don't have to install other players such as MPC-HC. And everything runs via WMP. But i have few questions: ( and please don't suggest me other players ) 1.Is K-Lite codec Basic a bad codec pack and should i avoid it? BAD means: Messing up registry and causing problems 2.which one plays more ( Popular and Common ) video formats?
WMP+KLite basic or MPC-HC? Codec packs are generally fine as long as they don't come bundled with other software that you weren't expecting. I've used the K-Lite codec pack in the past and never had any problems with the pack itself. What can be problematic though is actually getting the codec packs to work with various media players.
Integration between players and external codecs is often done through the DirectShow API. The media player would send the stream to DirectShow, DirectShow would invoke the appropriate decoder, and then DirectShow would copy the decoded frames back to the media viewport. The media player need not actually be aware of what codec is being used to decode the media. The problem with this is that as the tasks involved in media playback get spread out over multiple projects, problems inevitably arise.
For example, at one point in time many years ago, playing certain media files with WinAmp Pro required installing WinAmp pro to playback the media file, installing a Matroska demuxer to split the.mkv file into component audio and video streams, installing an h264 decoder, installing an AC3/DTS decoder (often bundled with the h264 decoder), and then configuring all of them to play together nicely. Getting them to work together at all was hard enough but the real nightmare was in dealing with the minor nuances such as determining which tool was responsible for syncing the audio and video stream, which tool was responsible for managing the volume of the audio (both the bitstream decoder and the media player can handle this), enabling/disabling subtitles, etc. This ended up being an absolute fustercluck and media player developers caught on quickly. To make matters worse, messing with the decoders in the DirectShow list could have other consequences, especially for older video games that rely on a very specific configuration for cutscenes.
Now, most media players are self contained (although most do support external codecs). For simple, bug-free playback of a wide range of container formats and codecs on your PC, MPC-HC is the best media player available.