K-Lite Codec Pack

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K-Lite Codec Pack
Media Player Classic logo.png
Developer(s) Codec Guide
Stable release 10.7.2 (September 12, 2014; 1 day ago (2014-09-12)) [±][1][2]
Operating system
Platform IA-32 and x64
Size
  • Basic: 11.3 MB
  • Standard: 20.7 MB
  • Full: 29.6 MB
  • Mega: 34.0 MB
Type Software bundle of audio codecs and video codecs
License Freeware
Website codecguide.com

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video codecs for Microsoft Windows that enables the operating system and its software to play various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself. K-Lite Codec Pack also includes several related tools, including Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC), Media Info Lite, and Codec Tweak Tool.[3]

Editions[edit]

There are four editions of K-Lite Codec Pack, all being available free of charge.[3] These codec packs are compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 2003, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.[4]

  1. Basic: The Basic edition is the smallest version and enables a Microsoft Windows computer to play the contents of AVI, Matroska (MKV), MP4, Ogg and Flash Video(FLV) files. It only consists of LAV Video, LAV Audio and LAV Splitter (for audio and video decoding), DirectVobSub (for subtitle decoding), Codec Tweak Tool, Icaros ThumbnailProvider and Icaros PropertyHandler.[5] Basic edition is the only edition that does not include MPC-HC or MediaInfo Lite.[6]
  2. Standard: The Standard edition includes all features of the Basic edition plus madVR, Media Info Lite and MPC-HC. This edition enables VCD, SVCD and XCD playback in Microsoft Windows.[7] This package is recommended for normal users.[3]
  3. Full: The Full edition includes all features of the Standard edition plus DScaler5 MPEG-2 decoder, DC-Bass Source Mod, Haali Media Splitter, Haali Video Renderer and GraphStudioNext, as well as adding video encoding capabilities to Microsoft Windows PCs. Also there are additional language files for MPC-HC. However, no encoding or conversion tool is included in the package.[8]
  4. Mega: The Mega edition adds twelve additional components not present in any other edition.[9]

Starting with version 10.0.0, 64-bit codecs were integrated into the regular K-Lite Codec Pack. Previously, a separate 64-bit edition of the pack was available for x64 editions of Windows.[10]

In the past some versions of K-Lite Codec Pack included BS.Player (until it was supplemented with an adware package).[11]

Supported file formats[edit]

K-Lite Codec Pack supports the following file formats:[6]

File format Basic Standard Full Mega
AVI
.avi, .divx
Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVD-Video
.vob, .evo
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blu-ray video (non-encrypted)
.m2ts
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Video
.flv
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Matroska
.mkv, .mka
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MP3
.mp3
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPEG-1 formats
.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPEG-2 formats
.mpe, .m2v, .mpv2, .mp2v, .m2p, .mod, .ts, .m2t, .mts, .pva, .tp, .tpr
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPEG-4 formats
.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mpv4, .m4a, .3gp, .3gpp, .3g2, .3gp2
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ogg
.ogg, .ogm, .ogv, .oga
Yes Yes Yes Yes
RealMedia
.rm, .rmvb, .ra, .ram
Yes Yes Yes Yes
WebM
.webm
Yes Yes Yes Yes
QuickTime
.mov, .hdmov .qt
Yes Yes Yes Yes
FLAC
.flac
Yes Yes Yes Yes
WavPack
.wv
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AC3/DTS
.ac3, .dts
No No Yes Yes
AMR
.amr
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AMV
.amv
No No Yes Yes
Apple Lossless Audio Codec
.alac
No No Yes Yes
Monkey's Audio
.ape, .apl
No No Yes Yes
MPEG-4 AAC
.aac
No No Yes Yes
Musepack
.mpc, .mpp
No No Yes Yes
Trackers
.xm, .s3m, .it, .umx
No No Yes Yes
OptimFROG
.ofr, .ofs
No No Yes Yes
File Format Basic Standard Full Mega

Critical reception[edit]

As of 27 October 2009, CNET reported a total of 1,074,578 downloads for K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2 since its release date of 12 October 2009. User ratings gave it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, but it received only 87 reviews.[12] Meanwhile, CNET reported only 122,552 downloads for K-Lite Codec Pack Full Edition 5.2 (released on the same date), however it also received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, albeit from only seven reviewers.[13] No CNET editors had reviewed these products up until this time.

On the same date, Betanews Fileforum reported a rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 2,346 votes for K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2.0, and 9,416,511 downloads.[14] Fileforum did not have an entry for K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Full.

Softpedia reported K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2 and K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Update have been downloaded a combined total of 2,011,113 times after their release on 12 October 2009, and gave them a user rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on 2,281 votes. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack was chosen as a Softpedia Pick.[15] Softpedia also reported K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Full, K-Lite Codec Pack Full 5.2 Update, and K-Lite Codec Pack 2.7 64-bit Edition have been downloaded a combined total of 1,452,750 times up until this date, and have received a user rating of 4.3 out of 5 from 2,082 users. K-Lite Codec Pack Full 5.2 was also a Softpedia Pick.[16]

SnapFiles also highly praised K-Lite Codec Pack Full edition, giving it five stars.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack Major Release". 
  2. ^ "Update packs for the K-Lite Codec Pack". 
  3. ^ a b c d "About the K-Lite Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Download K-Lite Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Basic". Codec Guide. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b K-Lite Codec Pack: Comparison of contents
  7. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Standard". Codec Guide. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Full". Codec Guide. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Mega Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit". Codec Guide. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack Update 8.7.5 Build 2012.04.27 / 8.7.0 - Changelog". Softpedia. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2". CNET. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack Full 5.2". CNET. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack – Free Download and Reviews". fileforum.betanews.com. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack – Softpedia". Softpedia. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack Full Update 5.2.0 Build 20091013 / 5.2.0 / 2.7.0 - x64". Softpedia. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack (Full) Freeware download and review - installs popular audio and video codecs from SnapFiles". SnapFiles. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 

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