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The K-Lite Codec Pack is a free collection of codecs and related tools. Codec is short for Compressor-decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video. The very user-friendly installation is fully customizable, which means that you can install only those components that you want.

There are three versions of the K-Lite Codec Pack: The Basic version, who fits on a single floppy disk, contains only the most essential codecs and related tools. The Standard version contains everything what is needed to play all the commonly used formats. The Full version contains even more codecs and also has encoding support. The text in black applies to the Full, Standard and Basic versions, the text in green applies to the Full and Standard versions and the text in red applies to the Full version only.

Here is a full list of the entire features of the program:

  • Media Player Classic 6.4.8.4 is a full-featured player which has internal decoding support for DVD, MPEG-2, MP2, MP3, AC3 and DTS.
  • It also has internal support for opening Matroska and Ogg containers.
  • Media Player Classic (MPC) is also capable of playing QuickTime and RealMedia content if those codecs are installed.
  • DivX Pro Decoding 5.2.1 is required for playing DivX movies.
  • DivX Pro Encoding 5.2.1 is required for encoding movies in the DivX format.
  • XviD Decoding 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20 is required for playing XviD movies. XviD is currently the most popular format.
  • XviD Encoding 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20 is required for encoding movies in the XviD format.
  • 3ivX Pro Decoding D4 4.5.1 is required for playing 3ivX movies and also supports other MPEG-4 formats.
  • 3ivX Pro Encoding D4 4.5.1 is required for encoding movies in the 3ivX format.
  • Windows Media VCM 9.0.1.369 is required for playing Windows Media 9 movies and audio.
  • On2 VP3 3.2.6.1 DT is required for playing VP3 movies. These are not very common.
  • On2 VP6 Decoding 6.4.2.0 is required for playing VP6 movies. These are not very common.
  • On2 VP6 Encoding 6.4.2.0 is required for encoding movies in the VP6 format.
  • On2 VP7 Decoding 7.0.8.0 is required for playing VP7 movies. These are not very common.
  • On2 VP7 Encoding 7.0.8.0 is required for encoding movies in the VP7 format.
  • Ligos Indeo XP 5.2820.15.58 is required for playing movies that have the Indeo 5 format.
  • Intel Indeo 4.51.16.2 is required for playing movies that have the Indeo 4 format.
  • Intel Indeo 3.24.15.03 is required for playing movies that have the Indeo 3 format.
  • Intel I.263 2.55.1.16 is required for playing movies that have the I.263 format.
  • Huffyuv 2.1.1 CCE Patch 0.2.5 is required for playing and encoding movies that have the Huffyuv format.
  • Huffyuv is a lossless (no quality loss) video compression format.
  • MS MPEG-4 4.1.0.3927 is required for playing and encoding movies that have the MS MPEG-4 format.
  • DivX ;) MPEG-4 Low and Fast motion 4.1.0.3927 is an old version (3.11) of DivX.
  • Only required for those who want to use it to encode something.
  • Cyberlink DVD decoder 6.0.0.1417 can be used to play DVDs with WMP (Windows Media Player) in Windows XP and is invisible if PowerDVD is installed.
  • Not required if you use Media Player Classic, because it has an internal DVD decoder.
  • Elecard MPEG-2 demuxer 3.1.190.41018 or MainConcept MPEG-2 demuxer 1.0.0.54 or Ligos MPEG-2 demuxer 4.0.0.77.
  • Windows already has a MPEG-2 demuxer (splitter) so normally you won't need one of these.
  • Ligos MPEG-2 decoder 4.0.0.77 or Cyberlink MPEG-2 decoder 6.0.0.1402 or MainConcept MPEG-2 decoder 1.0.0.56.
  • Required for playing MPEG-2 movies. Ligos and MainConcept will also decode MPEG-2 audio streams.
  • Not required if you use Media Player Classic, because it has native MPEG-2 decoding support.
  • Fraunhofer MP3 DirectShow decoder 1.9.0.311 is required for playing movies that have a MP3 audio stream.
  • AC3 DirectShow decoder (AC3Filter) 0.70b mod is required for playing movies that have an AC3 audio stream.
  • AC3 DirectShow decoder (AC3Filter) 1.01a rc5 is required for playing movies that have an AC3 audio stream.
  • Use the older version if you have problems with this version.
  • AC3 ACM decoder 0.9 is required for playing movies that have an AC3 audio stream in applications like VirtualDub.
  • Ogg Vorbis DirectShow decoder (CoreVorbis) 1.1.0.79 is required for playing movies that have an Ogg Vorbis audio stream.
  • AAC DirectShow decoder (CoreAAC) 1.2.0.573 is required for playing movies that have an AAC audio stream.
  • 3ivX Pro AAC Decoding D4 4.5.1 is required for playing movies that have an AAC audio stream. Not required if you install CoreAAC.
  • 3ivX Pro AAC Encoding D4 4.5.1 is required for encoding audio in the AAC format.
  • MusePack DirectShow decoder 1.0.0.3 is required for playing MusePack audio files.
  • Monkey's Audio DirectShow decoder 1.00 is required for playing Monkey's audio files (.ape). Monkey's Audio is a lossless (no quality loss) audio compression format.
  • WavPack DirectShow decoder (CoreWavPack) 1.0.3 is required for playing WavPack audio files.
  • FLAC DirectShow decoder (CoreFLAC) 0.4 is required for playing FLAC audio files. FLAC is a lossless (no quality loss) audio compression format.
  • Voxware MetaSound DirectShow decoder 1.0.0.12 is required for playing movies that have a Voxware MetaSound audio stream.
  • DivX ;) Audio 4.2.0.0 is required for playing some DivX 3.11 movies.
  • LAME MP3 ACM 3.96.1 is required for encoding MP3 streams and files.
  • MP4 DirectShow splitter build 2005-09-04 is required for opening audio and video streams in a MP4 container (.mp4 files).
  • Works only in combination with FFDShow.
Review by Jared Moya

K-Lite Codec Pack has an average rating 4.1 out of 5 based on 8 user ratings.

3 comments
asphaltguy
asphaltguy

"codec" is short for code/decode

Bruno
Bruno

Ahhh, I am not satisfied with k-lite, much better to install just video codecs: FFDshow or DIVx/Xvid

Nik Markwell
Nik Markwell

yep...nice codec pack. the one good thing that came from kazaa.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Been using it forever, has never let me down.


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