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Windows Essentials Codec Pack 3.4

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Product Version :
3.4
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17.92 MB
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February 27, 2011, 13:17
User Rating : (UNRATED)
OS Supported :
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows2003
WinXP
Windows2000

Windows Essentials Codec Pack Information

Publisher's Description:

One of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools to play most the movies

What is Windows Essentials Codec Pack?

Windows Essentials Codec Pack, or WECP for short, is one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes a set of powerful filters that can enhance the video quality as well as audio quality and it comes complete with an automatic update service that will keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades as soon as they become available.

WECP is clean and compact, it's easy to use and even easier to install / uninstall and it's published under the GNU GPL open source license so it's 100% free. But more importantly, it was especially designed to fix the many errors and software conflicts caused by other codec packs which routinely install obsolete or overlapping codecs, and it's guaranteed to keep your to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades.


Which formats does W.E.C.P supports?

WECP is designed as a near complete solution for all your video and audio needs, with it you can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs and XCDs on the fly, and it adds support for 3GP, AAC, AC3, APE, AVI, DivX, 3ivx, DAT, h.264, x264, AVC, Nero Digital, DTS, FLV, FLAC, HD-MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, M4A, MPC, MP3, MP4, MO3, MOD, MKV/MKA, MTM, OFR, TTA, OGG/OGM, S3M, Vorbis, VOB, WavPack, ATRAC3, XviD, XM, WV, UMX and many more formats so you could play any video / audio file with your favorite media player or with the free and wonderful Media Player Classic player that comes included with WECP


Included Codecs, DirectShow, VfW Filters and Tools:

* FFDShow: DirectShow decoding filter for decompressing DivX, XviD, H.264, FLV1, WMV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and various other audio and video formats. It uses libavcodec from ffmpeg project for video decompression, postprocessing code from mplayer to enhance visual quality of low bitrate movies, and is based on original DirectShow filter from XviD, which is GPL'ed educational implementation of MPEG4 encoder
* Gabest FLV Splitter: Capable of splitting Flash Video files (FLV) and decoding On2 VP62 Video streams (notable users of the FLV format include YouTube, Google Video, Reuters.com, Yahoo! Video and MySpace.)
* Gabest MPEG-2 Decoder Filter: Decodes MPEG2 video (the stuff on a DVD). The filter currently has an extremely low merit level and also MPEG1 decoding removed. It is primarily included as a fallback for DVD MPEG2 decoding if the user does not already have another MPEG2 decoder installed. A few other patches donated by Haali for interlaced/progressive fixes
* Gabest VobSub & TextSub filter: For displaying subtitles. It will attempt to disable any previous DirectVobSub installations you might have
* CoreWavePack: Decodes WavPack audio and splits WavPack audio files (.WV) for playback in DirectShow. The only DirectShow implementation to support all three WavPack modes: lossless, lossy, and hybrid
* Haali Media Splitter: DirectShow filter, primarily designed to parse MKV files. It also supports MP4, OGM and AVI. It is widely regarded as the most stable and functional MKV splitter.
* Media Player Classic: an open source media player that looks just like Windows Media Player, but has many additional features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support
* WECP Media Update Service: Keep your computer up-to-date with the latest codecs, filters and various upgrades with WECP own Update Service
* WECP Codec Repair Tool: Fix registry errors and software conflicts caused by installation of too many codecs
* Autorun Repair Wizard: Scan your computer devices to find defective AutoPlay settings, and attempts to fix those it finds

Changelog for Version 2.3c
Bugfixes

* Added missing dependency file
* Fixed FLAC decoding setting
* Fixed Minor bug with FFDShow configuration
* Fixed Minor bug with Update Service

Changelog for this release:


Bugfixes
* Removed OpenCandy
* Fixed 64-Bit installer issues
* Fixed a lot of issues with mp4 muxer
* Better support for VC-1 in MPEG Transport streams
* Various H.264 and MPEG-2 seeking issues fixed
* Several memory leak fixes
* Subtitle fixes:
o Don't show closed caption if "Subtitles" is not checked
o Non-DVD subtitles: check if "Subtitles" is checked before showing subtitles
o Setting "Maintain outside text inside screen" was not always applied correctly
o Subtitle file could not be disabled during DVD playback
o Duration of SSA move tags was randomly applied
o Various fixes to alignment, line spacing, movement and positioning of ASS, SSA and SRT subtitles
o Several crash fixes
* Fixes in the Audio mixer and LFE crossover filter:
o Center and LFE were too loud when downmixing 5.1 -> 2ch
o If the original sound had LFE channel, it was overwritten
o If the center channel existed, left and right channels were ignored
* Several MLP/TrueHD/LPCM decoding fixes
* Playing a CSS-protected DVD using MPC or MPC-HC caused a crash in certain scenarios
* Fixed DVD menu positioning and freeze issue
* Fixed several crashes in WMP11 and Media Center
* ffdshow.ax failed to register when a registry key was missing
* Removed black lines in Perspective Correction filter
* ffdshow would crash when using the Grab filter and the Resize filter with aspect ratio correction
* Many fixes across multiple ffdshow components including OSD, deinterlacing, remote API, DVD and MPEG-2 playback

New and improved features
* Added support for WebM files
* Added AC-3 in MP4 support
* Added a 64-bit version(s)
* New multi-threaded H.264 decoder: ffmpeg-mt
* DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD bitstreaming support for the ATI Radeon HD5000 series, ASUS Xonar sound cards and Intel Clarkdale CPUs
* New color space converters:
o Supported input color spaces: progressive YV12, progressive NV12, YV16, YUY2
o Supported output color spaces: RGB24, RGB32
o High quality chroma upscaling
o Added dithering to reduce "banding"
o Support for color primary parameters such as ITU-R BT.601/709, input and output levels
o RGB conversion done in 11-bit or higher
o Significant improvements in YV12 -> YUY2, YUY2 -> RGB, and YV12 -> RGB conversion performance
o Requires SSE2-capable CPU; for better performance multi-core CPU recommended
* New RGB conversion options:
o Output levels ("Computer monitor" or "TV/Projector")
o YCbCr specification "Auto" (uses H.264's VUI or width > 1024: BT.709, width <= 1024: BT.601)
* Various improvements in the Subtitle filter:
o Improved rendering quality, memory usage and performance
o General code cleanup
o SSA/ASS subtitles: better compatibility (support for position & move tags), better calculation of line wrapping, new dialog to configure ASS specific options. Also support added for ASS tags within SRT subtitles (SubViewer)
* FFDShowAPI: .NET wrapper around FFDShowRemoteAPI allows integration of ffdshow with third-party applications
* FFDShowRemoteAPI:
o Improved subtitle/audio streams detection; now compatible with most filters handling the IAMStreamSelect interface
o New command to disable FF/RW OSD
o When using absolute positioning, x and y coordinates are now representing pixels instead of percentages
o Added new parameter to determine the duration in which a message will be displayed
* OSD settings are now based on the current ffdshow preset; this allows turning OSD on/off using the "Automatic preset loading" mechanism
* Buffered video RAM access improves video memory access in certain scenarios
* AviSynth filter now uses AviSynth's frames for buffering which improves performance and reduces the filter's memory usage
* "Max. amplification" in the Normalization filter will only be applied after pressing "Apply"
* Better handling of DVD menus
* Improved autocrop algorithm
* Added RealVideo 8 (RV30) support
* Added soft telecine detection
* Added several new preset autoload conditions
* libavcodec is now used by default to decode Theora videos
* libavcodec is now used as Dolby TrueHD decoder instead of MLP
* Various updates to libavcodec

Version History

Software Versions

  Date added
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  Feb 27, 2011
  17.92 MB
  Feb 27, 2011
  17.92 MB
  Mar 22, 2009
  8.74 MB

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