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eyn
Posted: May 31, 2005 10:03 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
Many members have been asking question like "how do I view this type of file", it gets a little frustrating when you have to repeat the same answer again and again, so here you go, a simple and hopefully helpful tutorial that will help you with all these enquiries.

Video

In order to be able to view different kinds of media files, you are recommended to download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. While installing, you will be asked which component you want to be installed. Choose "Playback Only" if you don't need any extra feature and want to keep installation size as small as possible. You can manually check extra components that you think might be useful for you, such as MPEG2 decoder. You do not need to install both BSPlayer and Media Player Classic, Media Player Classic alone will do. After installing, you might need to restart the computer before the codec will work.

Installing K-Lite Mega Codec Pack gives you Quicktime and Real Alternatives, such that you don't need to install either Quicktime player or Real player to view Real and Quicktime streaming files. Honestly, both Quicktime and Real player stinks.

Having the codec pack alone might not be suffice, you will occasionally having trouble viewing files that is encoded in MPEG2, especially those HDTV files. No worries, VLC media player comes to your rescue! Some of my HDTV files can't be played in any player except VLC media player, so you know how handy this player can be.

Extra knowledge:
.avi - [audio video interleave] usually encoded in divx or xvid, if you have both codec you'll be fine

.mpg - [motion pictures experts group] some are the normal mpg files that are extremely huge compare to their .avi counterpart, some are MPEG2 encoded and requires player such as VLC player to view the file properly

.vob - [video object] the default dvd format for videos, you might require a dvd playback software to view the file, K-Lite Codec Pack might also have the decoder you need


Audio

I know many of you are using Winamp as your primary player. I used to do that but not anymore. Why? One of the main reason is that Winamp does not support Unicode tags such that you can never read the Japanese tag properly in Winamp (Ai's singles I posted are tagged in Japanese). Another reason is that Winamp looks ugly despite the fact that there's a lot of skin available out there. With or without skin, Winamp consumes more resources and memory compare to foobar2000, which is the player that I will recommend you to try!

Click here to download foobar2000. Choose the special version because useful 3rd party plugins will be included. foobar2000's configuration window might look ovewhelming at the beginning but no worries, if you have question just ask me on messenger.

Here's a screenshot of my foobar:



As you can see, foobar doesn't have a skin itself, it uses the native windows colour scheme, and thus you'll never need to find a new skin just to match your wallpaper. Also, as you can see, all Ai's songs are displayed in Japanese, unlike Winamp where ??? will be displayed due to incompatible unicode tag. I know Windows Media Player support unicode, but foobar looks way better and faster.


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Last edited by eyn on Jun 04, 2005 4:29 pm; edited 1 time in total
 
weirdoll
Posted: May 31, 2005 11:54 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 29 May 2005 Posts: 64
some useful information to support the awesome files~
doMO
 
RhNinjaXe
Posted: Jun 01, 2005 1:42 am Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 22 May 2005 Posts: 566 Location: Love Punch World!
whoa...thanks for that...i solve some files cos of ur hard work...i indeed need a lot of effort finding all that infomation on ur own...If u have any trouble,please inform me and i will be gladly to help u out...
 
CETMA
Posted: Jun 03, 2005 6:24 pm Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 14 May 2005 Posts: 473
i think if you download the newest verison of DivX you'd be able to play anything.
 
eyn
Posted: Jun 04, 2005 11:19 am Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
CETMA wrote:
i think if you download the newest verison of DivX you'd be able to play anything.

That's not true, it allows you to play divx encoded file but that's it. There's more than one codec available right now, even though divx is the most popular codec, having divx codec alone won't let you watch video encoded in other codec. And there's MPEG2 as I said for those HDTV files, which will not play in any other player other than VLC for some reason.

Another reason to get K-lite is that it gives you Quicktime and Real alternatives as mentioned above. Having these means you do not need to install Quicktime and RealPlayer into your computer, because they take a lot of HDD space relatively and you just end up cluttering your PC with more piece of software.
 
CETMA
Posted: Jun 04, 2005 4:16 pm Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 14 May 2005 Posts: 473
haha, i wish you told me that when i first got my computer. Confused Right now i have like 7 or 8 different media players. I hate switching between them, it's a pain.
 
yumiotsuka
Posted: Jun 07, 2005 5:11 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 01 May 2005 Posts: 955
CETMA wrote:
haha, i wish you told me that when i first got my computer. Confused Right now i have like 7 or 8 different media players. I hate switching between them, it's a pain.

lols? im finding real player... but to d/l it now needs cash...
however, eyn recommend me window medias classic as the DivX player sux a lot... it keep hanging all the clips
duhH~
 
ch3rrie
Posted: Jun 07, 2005 7:07 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Apr 2005 Posts: 327 Location: Canada
thanks alot for this info!
this will be useful for future purpose when i do have problems!! Giggle
 
kizz
Posted: Jun 07, 2005 12:49 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 22 Apr 2005 Posts: 148 Location: Poland
iTunes by apple - is a nice player for audio files and u can have everything in japanese encoding. there's no problem with it.

http://www.apple.com
 
kikubelle
Posted: Jul 29, 2005 3:53 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 27 Jul 2005 Posts: 1026 Location: Toronto, Canada + Lalaland~
Thanks for the heads up!
Its been realli helpful ^^
i can watch some of the things i dled before that never seemed to work ahahaha
THX A BUNCH!
 
ZeroKenshin
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 1:18 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 21 May 2005 Posts: 579 Location: Singapore
sorry if i posted in the wrong thread.. actually i was looking for Codec Packs that supports ALL video Formats... i was rather fed up with all the codec managing,,,, as i downloaded lots of codecs and i still cant play the videos i loved... the only video format that my Com can't play was "MPEG2" cos i needed an MPEG2 decoder... and i couldnt find it.... can anyone pls help me?? then PM me the link.. thanks alot
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 17, 2005 2:41 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
ZeroKenshin wrote:
sorry if i posted in the wrong thread..

Yes, you posted it in the wrong thread (and I moved it here), and this is not the first time I believed. No Being one of the top poster, can you please show a good example to our new members? Blank stare

Anyway, obviously you didn't read this topic at all. I don't know what to say to you, good luck I guess! Mad
 
haocloud
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 8:18 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 04 Sep 2005 Posts: 86 Location: Malaysia
this VLC media player can play MPEG-4 file???? but i think cannot!!!! which program will suppose MPEG-4!!!! can anyone answer me!!!! thx!!!!
 
eyn
Posted: Oct 18, 2005 6:16 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
haocloud wrote:
this VLC media player can play MPEG-4 file???? but i think cannot!!!! which program will suppose MPEG-4!!!! can anyone answer me!!!! thx!!!!

VLC media player supports MPEG4 codec.
 
Energist
Posted: Nov 23, 2005 7:40 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 18 Sep 2005 Posts: 105 Location: Michigan
I just downloaded the newest Planetarium Live that was posted, and I can't get it to play in Windows Media Player, now I just reformatted my computer the other day, so I know I'm probably missing a few codecs, but I already installed k-lite mega, matroska, divx, and xvid. So does anyone know what I'm missing yet?
 
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