SO WHAT ABOUT CODEC PACKS ONLINE?
This quote is from the CCCP wiki - which is at the top of the posts I made. Note the section in bold.
CCCP's latest version plays FLV off the bat as well, but KMPlayer has a helluva lot of features. As it stands, CCCP is my primary player/pack and KMPlayer is my secondary. Heh, VLC is now on back burner for me.Why Should I Use the CCCP?
Because we couldn't find a codec pack that worked in all the cases.
All the other codec packs that are around have at least one of the following problems:
They just don't work.
It's no good installing a codec pack if it doesn't help. The CCCP was put together to be able to play all the latest files by all anime groups and all videos in general.
They damage your system.
Some codec packs like the Nimo codec pack can actually cause damage to your system that can only be fixed with a format. Not cool. We wanted the CCCP to be a codec pack that was 100% safe. Please, if the CCCP ruins your system, tell us on our forums so we can fix it. Total number of irreversible errors caused by the CCCP:
They are bloated.
When a codec pack has five decoders that do the same thing (as K-Lite does), it's almost impossible to work out what the problem is if something breaks. With the CCCP, we wanted to create a compact codec pack, which had less annoying extras, and fewer places for problems to crop up in.
With the CCCP, we KNOW that when you install it properly, it just works. You don't need to mess around in the options to get it to work, and chances are it will resolve any other conflicts on install as well. We invented the CCCP so we can say "Uninstall everything else, install the pack and live forever happy". That said, for the adventurous there are pages of options available to tweak if you feel like it..
MORE ON CCCP
A friend on another forum pointed me to MPC-HC recently, and I'm glad to say, it has been integrated into CCCP.
For your edification:
Media Player Classic is a compact media player for Microsoft Windows. The application mimics the look and feel of the old, light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4 but integrates most options and features found in modern media players. (Taken from WIKIPEDIA)
Now the MPC project has been halted for some time now, by the developer Gabest. Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is a continuation of that project by someone else. "This project is based on the original "Media Player Classic" and was created after Gabest, the original author, stopped working on it. Several new features have been integrated in this player" (see the website for details).
Now MPC-HC can play video all on it's own with internal decoders, and now integrated with CCCP, I think it was a pretty sweet move.
For the video enthusiasts here, and for those who want to test, I have a preview for an anime done in X264.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/26ztlk<- H264 TEST VIDEO TO BREAK YOUR MACHINE IS HERE.
Download it and you can benchmark your machine based on the performance. As far as decoding H264 videos go, COREAVC does the best job as a software decoder. For the graph card enthusiasts, you will know that the newer cards by nVidia and ATI come with the power to do the decoding on the card. You may also know that nVidia and ATI advertise POWERDVD and WINDVD (respectively) as the software for use in sending the video stream to the graphics card for decoding. The newest version of CCCP with MPC-HC can do this, and MPC-HC (CCCP) is FREE. POWERDVD and WINDVD with the features to send the stream to the card cost around USD$100, and this can only be done with video formats supported by the player. Neither of those you have to buy support MKV. We'll get to that file format later on.
The fact is, there is now a free player with the ability to send your video stream to your graphics card for decoding. To test it, you need to disable FFDSHOW, COREAVC, or any other H264/X264 decoder you have on your system, and enable the internal decoder for MPC-HC, which will send the stream to the hardware to be decoded.
Note the option H264/AVC - DXVA is checked. Now as a challenge for people who swear their hardware is the shiz. Hehe. Anyone with a single core CPU try playing that without the hardware decoding and tell me what your CPU usage is - with the file provided in the link. I've done this before and on a single core CPU the usage is almost always 100%. With a dual core CPU the usage is between 40% and 60%, but the audio will usually run and leave the video behind. With hardware decoding (I've tested with POWERDVD and with MPC-HC) the CPU usage was like 0%-4%. Try and let us know how it goes.
MPC-HC - STANDALONE PLAYER AS WELL
If you visit the website for MPC-HC, you can download it and just drop it on your thumb drive for use as a PORTABLE APPLICATION on your thumb drive. It makes nice for a small portable player. Your choices would be MPC-HC, VLC, or KMPLAYER as portable players.
More to come. It's a bit of info to sift through. Next will be on video formats and containers.