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View Poll Results: Which Codec Pack do you use?
Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) 7 63.64%
K-lite Codec Pack 3 27.27%
VLC Media Player 1 9.09%
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:46 AM   #1
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CCCP vs K-Lite Codec Pack

Combined Community Codec Pack vs K-Lite Codec Pack vs VLC Media Player

I have just reinstalled Windows XP and Office and aaallll the updated drivers I needed on my new RAID setup and and now I have a beautifully smooth system. I don't want to my system up so I decided to ask which pack I should use cuz I'm never gonna download a different 1.

So which do you use/like the best? I like WMPC btw.

PS. I have never used VLC Media Player before... Good? Looks Good.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:58 AM   #2
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You like MPC? Pretty much decided K-lite for you based on that.

I like VLC + WMP w/ w.e codecs I need.
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I like the zoom player that comes with CCCP.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:04 AM   #4
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I use a combination of:

VLC media player
Windows Media Player Classic
Real Alternative codec
QuickTime Alternative codec
ffdshow

This can play everything in either one of those two players.
Codec packs only bugger up things - you got to be very careful with those. I used K-Lite for a while, it was a good pack, but still not perfect. There were always some formats that didn't play properly, etc.

VLC for AVI, DIVX and MOV files
WMPC for WMV, MPG and RM files
that way it works best for me. e.g. MOV on WMPC sometimes doesn't have sound. WMV HD videos and some smaller ones have artifacts on VLC. Generally I like VLC more because you have more options, especially deinterlace, crop, aspect ratio - very nicely done
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CCCP is more of a Codec library. It doesn't come with all the clutter-ware that most packs come with. It installs the needed decoders, a single universal codec configuration program, and the player of your choice all in one location. In combination with Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative, you can play just about all formats and DVD's.

The CCCP folder

All of this in 14.8MB
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Yeh I chose CCCP in the end just for that reason lol. I read on the site that it was created so that it would not be a messy installation and would uninstall properly everytime. It's true as you pointed out - A very clean program!
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Sometimes K-lite can be a headache. I had to carefully look at which pack was worth getting on the Free-Codecs site; the K-lite or Mega Codec. When you do the install, you have to also be selective with what you're installing. I'll have to try CCCP too because I don't want to end up with extra Codecs I don't need.

I like WMPC as well. It feels like it's less resource intensive compared to WMP.
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I consider K-Lite Mega Codec Pack to be the absolute best if you know how to install it. I install it without any ffdshow, and it's the same as doing separate installs of DivX, XviD, QuickTime Alternative, Real Alternative and any other stuff you may need, just all in one package.

Talk about a messy pack - a classmate of mine gave me some money to upgrade his CPU, and yesterday i got it and went to his place to install it. We played a game of Fifa 08 and then i messed around with his windoze a bit too.

I uninstalled the crappy ACE codec pack he had (it had put 3 useless icons in his system tray!) and installed K-Lite. With the "detect broken codecs" option set, K-Lite found and corrected a load (over 20 i think) of incorrect registry entries. Aka ACE just left the registry entries behind on uninstall. I've never had such problems with K-Lite, and if it does mess up, it can fix its own mistakes.
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Thanks for the warning. I was about to try the ACE pack. You saved me a lot of clean up work.

CCCP has worked well for me in the past.
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I'm a CCCP and Media Player Classic user.
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CCCP only has a few codecs and that is all you really need.

Few codecs = Few problems
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It has a few codecs that support many formats.
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