Combined Community Codec Pack

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Combined Community Codec Pack
CCCP logo.png
Stable release 2014-01-17 / January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17)
Preview release 2014-02-10 beta / February 10, 2014 (2014-02-10)[1]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Video codec/Audio codec
License Freeware
Website www.cccp-project.net

The Combined Community Codec Pack, more commonly referred to as the CCCP, is a collected archive of codecs (video compression filters) packed for Microsoft Windows, designed originally for the playback of anime fansubs.[2] The CCCP is developed and maintained by members of various fansubbing groups.

The name is a pun on the name of the Soviet Union; namely, the Cyrillic alphabet version of the acronym of its full name. As part of that pun, the project's logo features the hammer and sickle and star from the Flag of the Soviet Union.

Purpose[edit]

CCCP was created to fulfill the following:

  • Alleviate the major problems caused by conflicting codec packs
  • Provide a video media playback standard for the anime community
  • Be capable of playing back most common video media files and formats
  • Be easy to install and uninstall — even for users with no technical knowledge

The pack is small and compact, containing only what is needed for most videos; it intentionally disables support for many codecs it considers unnecessary. It thus can potentially avoid problems caused by inappropriate combinations of filters by providing an all-inclusive playback solution. To view a CCCP-approved video, one must simply theoretically uninstall all other codec packs and install the CCCP. This philosophy leads to some disadvantages; since many formats are not enabled by default, they have to be manually toggled by the user if needed. Additionally, unlike many competing packs, CCCP is designed around decoding rather than encoding, and as such doesn't include many video encoders that other packs do.

The CCCP is made only for the Microsoft Windows operating system and works with Windows XP/Vista/7/8. The last release to support Windows 2000 is 2010-10-10; the last release to support Windows 98/Me is 2007-02-22.

Reception[edit]

In 2006, On2 began recommending the CCCP as a simple decoding solution to feed video and audio to their Flix encoding application.[3] The CCCP staff recommends to not use On2's included registry patch, but rather turn on or off any necessary codecs within the CCCP settings menu.[citation needed] In 2009, the German C't magazine recommended CCCP as the only trustworthy Codec pack available today.[4]

Technical details[edit]

Contents[edit]

Note: Installing all of these separately will not have the same effect as installing the CCCP because the Media Player Classic Home Cinema is customized and so are all of the components' settings.[5]

Supported formats[edit]

Notable formats not natively supported[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of CCCP beta release files". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Review at freewaregenius.com". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  3. ^ "On2 Windows FAQ". Retrieved 2009-09-01. [dead link]
  4. ^ Dr. Volker Zota (2009). "Kodierwerk - Kostenlose Videokonverter für fast jeden Zweck". c't Magazin für Computertechnik (German) 7: 172. 
  5. ^ "Advanced FAQ - CCCP". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

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