Codec Guide, your source for quality codecs.

Latest update

K-Lite Codec Pack 10.6.3

Thursday July 17th, 2014

An update is available for the latest version of the codec pack. It contains newer versions of MPC-HC, LAV Filters, GraphStudioNext, and the Codec Tweak Tool. Download.

News

Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.145

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

A new version of the Flash browser plugin has been released. Download.

K-Lite Codec Pack 10.6.0

Friday June 27th, 2014

A new version of the codec pack has been released. Download.

VLC Media Player 2.1.3

Wednesday February 5th, 2014

A new version of VLC Media Player has been released. Download.

Tips for improving video quality

Thursday August 15th, 2013

This is a tip for anyone who has an Intel or AMD/ATI graphics card. These manufacturers enable certain video 'enhancement' features by default in their drivers. The problem is that those features actually reduce quality instead of making things better.
It is thus recommended to disable these features. This should improve both quality and performance. You can find the relevant options in the control panel of your graphics card. You can usually find a shortcut to that control panel by right-clicking on your Desktop. Options that you should disable are: "Noise reduction", "Adaptive contrast", "Dynamic Contrast", "Edge Enhancement", and "Skin Tone Enhancement". The number of options and their names can vary depending on the manufacturer and driver version. Visit our forum if you need assistence.
If you got a powerful graphics card then you could also try madVR in combination with MPC-HC. madVR is an advanced video renderer that is able to produce better quality than the standard renderers from Windows. Configuring madVR for optimal quality/performance can be a bit complex for novice users, so we only recommend using it if you got a decent amount of computer knowledge.

Win7DSFilterTweaker 5.9

Saturday May 4th, 2013

This is a useful little tool that allows you to configure your preferred DirectShow filters for decoding for example H.264, MPEG-4 and VC-1 video in Windows 7 and 8. This makes it possible to use third party decoders instead of the native decoders that come with Windows. Download.

Usenet tutorial

Thursday November 10th, 2011

Do you want to learn how you can easily download content from Usenet? Read our usenet tutorial HERE.

User Reviews

"This pack is great. It gives super smooth playback of my x264 mkv videos."

"I have been using this since forever. It's the best pack available. No doubt about that."

"Plays everything I throw at it."

"With this I am finally able to play FLV and Matroska files."

"I have tried everything. K-Lite, CCCP, shark007 Win7codecs, and more. K-Lite is a clear winner."

"The Codec Tweak Tool fixed all my codec problems. I love it."

"Works great on my Windows 7 x64 with WMP and Media Center."

"It even supports Hi10p. Awesome!"

Polls

Which improvement would you like to see next in the K-Lite Codec Pack?
Options in installer to configure preferred language(s) for embedded audio and subtitles
More options in installer for MPC-HC
Add x64 version of MPC-HC
Ability to backup/restore Win7DSFilterTweaker settings
More help and documentation
Add madVR settings presets to installer
Automatic periodic check for updates
  
What is your favorite video player?
Media Player Classic
Windows Media Player
VLC Player
KMPlayer
BS.Player
PotPlayer
GOM Player
Something else
  
Which version of Windows do you use?
XP
Vista
7
8.0
8.1
  
What is your favorite audio player?
Winamp
Foobar
Windows Media Player
Media Player Classic
Something else
  
Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP.

What are your plans with your current Windows XP computer?
I am going to install a newer version of Windows
I am going to buy a new computer this year
I am going to buy a new computer next year
I will continue to use XP
I don't know yet