K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats.
General strong points:
It is very user-friendly and easy to use.
It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and best components.
The pack provides an excellent out-of-the-box experience for novice users, while at the same time offering many options for expert users to tweak things.
- All included components have been carefully selected by codec experts.
The pack offers a high level of flexibility. You can for example configure your preferred decoders and splitters for many formats.
Works great in combination with Windows Media Player and Media Center. Both also with other popular DirectShow players such as Media Player Classic, ZoomPlayer, KMPlayer, PotPlayer, GOM Player, and many others.
Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys. All changes are properly undone and reverted to the state prior to the installation of the pack.
It contains everything you need to play all your movies and music.
- This pack has a huge user base. This means that problems are found and resolved quickly.
Unique features compared to other codec packs:
The pack works on all versions of Windows from XP up to Windows 10. The intelligent installer automatically adapts itself based on your version of Windows. It also adapts itself based on what other codecs are already installed on your computer.
- Contains both 32-bit and 64-bit codecs.
The installer is able to detect broken codecs and DirectShow filters on your system, and helps you to fix those problems. This unique functionality has helped thousands of people solve problems they were unable to fix themselves or with other packs.
The installation is fully customizable. You can choose which components you want to install.
It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation with the integrated wizard.
The pack has many options, which allows you to tweak it to your own specific needs and preferences.
It helps clean up other codecs installed on your computer. The installer is able to detect and remove over 100 different codec and filter packs. This helps you get rid of old junk, prevents conflicts, and leaves you with just the essential and best codecs.
It does not contain any codecs or filters that are known to be bad, buggy or unstable. In fact, the installer is able to detect and disable several known troublemakers that may already be present on your computer. This solves problems and improves system stability.
There are different variants of the pack. From small to large. You can pick the one that fits your needs.
- The pack implements special blacklists for some of its included DirectShow filters. These blacklists are used to avoid compatibility issues with certain applications and games. Helpdesks and other support staff often recommend the K-Lite Codec Pack because of its abilities to fix problems and its features to ensure optimal compatibility.
Advantages of the pack compared to installing codecs manually:
The best available codecs are already selected for you by codec experts. There is no need to figure out what you need.
- Installation is simpler, quicker, and more organized.
It is much easier to keep all your codecs up-to-date. There no need to keep track of updates to individual components.
Components are automatically configured to work together in perfect harmony. Something that is not easily achieved if you would install everything manually. Certainly not if you use a mix of different splitters and decoders.
- Better default settings.
More configuration options during installation. This is particularly useful for unattended installs.
The pack provides extended video thumbnail generation functionality for Windows Explorer. All popular video file formats are supported.
Adds support for showing file properties such as duration and width/height in Windows Explorer for FLV and MKV video files.
The pack automatically configures Windows Media Player and Media Center to recognize all common audio and video file formats, so that such files show up in your media library. Normally this would require all kinds of manual Registry tweaks.
The pack includes very useful tools for managing and configuring the installed codecs.
K-Lite Codec Pack Features:
- Media Player Classic Homecinema [version 126.96.36.199]
DirectShow video decoding filters:
- LAV Video [version 0.74.1-75-gb1db4]
DirectShow audio decoding filters:
- LAV Audio [version 0.74.1-75-gb1db4]
DirectShow source filters:
- LAV Splitter [version 0.74.1-75-gb1db4]
DirectShow subtitle filters:
- DirectVobSub [xy-VSFilter version 188.8.131.524]
- XySubFilter [version 184.108.40.2064]
- madVR [version 0.92.17]
- MPC Video Renderer [version 0.4.10.1466]
- Codec Tweak Tool [version 6.5.0]
- MediaInfo Lite [version 20.08]
- Icaros ThumbnailProvider [version 3.2.0 b1]
- Icaros PropertyHandler [version 3.2.0 b1]
K-Lite Codec Pack 15.7.5 Standard
- Updated MPC-HC to version 220.127.116.11
- Updated LAV Filters to version 0.74.1-75-gb1db4
- Updated MPC Video Renderer to version 0.4.10.1466
MPC Video Renderer v0.4.8
Now DirectWrite is used instead of GDI+ to generate statistics font.
Optimized statistics drawing.
Fixed input stream frame rate calculation.
Reduced unnecessary initialization of DirectX objects.
Added the ability to increase statistics for a large window size.
Removed “Switch to exclusive mode after a short delay” setting.
Added support for exclusive full screen in DX11 mode.
Improved support for exclusive full screen in DX9 mode.
Compilation in Visual Studio 2017 now requires the Windows SDK 10.0.17763.0.
Added support for Swap effect “Discard” in an exclusive full screen for DX11 mode.
Removed green bars on the right and bottom when using the D3D11 decoder on AMD graphics cards.
Renamed “Chroma scaling” setting to “Chroma upsampling” and added “Nearest-neighbor” value.
Added information to on-screen statistics and to the “Information” window.
MPC-HC Changes from 1.9.6 to 1.9.7:
- Updated LAV Filters to 0.74.1-75-gb1db4
- Improved drag&drop to better handle subtitle files
Remark: Dark theme MPC enable by default and using external codec. Installer auto select 32Bit MPC for 32Bit Windows and 64Bit MPC for 64Bit Windows. Using MPC video renderer. Hardware encoding DXVA enable for all video type. Enjoy~!
06 June 2020 – Change from Mega to Standard edition. Many old codec is not in use anymore. Many Encoding software comes with own codec as well. Internal audio rendering selected (author recommended).