K-Lite Codec Pack

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K-Lite Codec Pack
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Developer(s)Codec Guide
Stable release17.0.0 (May 12, 2022; 10 days ago (2022-05-12)) [±]
Operating systemWindows XP and later[a]
PlatformIA-32 and x64
Size
  • Update pack: 20.4 MB
  • Basic: 19.2 MB
  • Standard: 33.3 MB
  • Full: 47.6 MB
  • Mega: 58.5 MB
TypeSoftware bundle of audio codecs and video codecs
LicenseFreeware
Websitecodecguide.com

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video codecs for Microsoft Windows DirectShow that enables an operating system and its software to play various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself. The K-Lite Codec Pack also includes several related tools, including Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC), Media Info Lite, and Codec Tweak Tool.[2]

K-Lite adds Video for Windows (VFW) codecs and DirectShow filters to the system, so that DirectShow/VFW based players like MPC, Winamp, and Windows Media Player will use them automatically.

Editions[edit]

There are four editions of the K-Lite Codec Pack, all free of charge.[2]

  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, Flash Video (FLV) and WebM files, etc. It only consists of LAV Filters (for video demultiplexing and audio and video decoding), DirectVobSub (for subtitle decoding), Codec Tweak Tool, Icaros ThumbnailProvider and Icaros PropertyHandler.[3] Basic is the only edition that includes neither MPC-HC nor MediaInfo Lite.[4]
  2. Standard: The Standard edition includes all features of the Basic edition plus MPC Video Renderer, MediaInfo Lite and MPC-HC.[5] This package is recommended for normal users.[2]
  3. Full: The Full edition includes all features of the Standard edition plus madVR, DC-Bass Source Mod and Plugin for 3D video decoding (H.264 MVC)[6]
  4. Mega: The Mega edition includes all features of the Full edition plus a few ACM/VFW codecs (e.g. x264VFW and Lagarith), ffdshow, AC3Filter, GraphStudioNext, VobSubStrip and FourCC Changer.[7]

After version 10.0.0, 64-bit codecs are integrated into the regular editions. Prior to this version there was a 64-bit edition designed specifically for 64-bit OSes.

After version 11.3.0, the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of LAV Filters share their settings, and an option to install only 64-bit codecs was added (visible only in Expert install mode).

After version 13.7.5, a user can remove installed components by deselecting them while running an updater. This also makes it possible to switch to a smaller variant of the codec pack without uninstalling first.

In the past some editions of the K-Lite Codec Pack included BS.Player, until it was supplemented with an adware package.[8]

Compatibility[edit]

K-Lite Codec Packs are compatible with Windows Server 2003 and later.[9]

The last version that is compatible with Windows Vista is version 16.7.6.[1] The last version that is compatible with Windows XP SP3 is version 13.8.5.[1] The last version that is compatible with Windows XP SP2 is version 10.0.5.[1] The last version that is compatible with Windows 2000 is version 7.10. The last version that is compatible with Windows 9x is version 3.45.

Starting with K-Lite 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]

Supported file formats[edit]

The K-Lite Codec Pack supports the following file formats:[11]

File format Basic Standard Full Mega
AVI
.avi, .divx, .amv
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPEG-PS
.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m1v, .m2v, .mpv2, .mp2v, .m2p, .vob, .evo, .mod
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPEG-TS
.ts, .m2ts, .m2t, .mts, .pva, .tp, .tpr
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MP4
.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mpv4, .m4a, .hdmov
Yes Yes Yes Yes
QuickTime File Format
.mov
Yes Yes Yes Yes
3GP
.3gp, .3gpp, .3g2, .3gp2
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Matroska/WebM
.mkv, .webm, .mka
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ogg
.ogg, .oga
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Video
.flv, .f4v
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Video
.wmv, .asf
Yes Yes Yes Yes
RealMedia
.rmvb, .rm, .ra
Yes Yes Yes Yes
DV
.dv
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MXF
.mxf
Yes Yes Yes Yes
DHAV
.dav
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MP3
.mp3
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AAC
.aac
Yes Yes Yes Yes
FLAC
.mp3
Yes Yes Yes Yes
WavPack
.wv
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MPC
.mpc
Yes Yes Yes Yes
APE
.ape
Yes Yes Yes Yes
ALAC
.alac
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AMR
.amr
Yes Yes Yes Yes
True Audio
.tta
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AC3
.ac3
Yes Yes Yes Yes
DTS
.dts
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Opus
.opus
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speex
.spx
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AIFF
.aif, .aiff, .aifc
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Core Audio Format
.caf
Yes Yes Yes Yes
TAK
.tak
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shorten
.shr
Yes Yes Yes Yes
OptimFROG[b]
.ofr .ofs
No No Yes Yes
Module file[b]
.it, .mo3, .mtm, .s3m, .umx, .xm
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.

In October 2009, Softpedia reported K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2 and K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Update had 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]

Also in October 2009, SnapFiles also highly praised K-Lite Codec Pack Full edition, giving it five stars.[17]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ After 13.8.5 WinXP SP3 is no longer supported.[1]
  2. ^ a b Works only in 32-bit players.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Download old versions of the K-Lite Codec Pack". codecguide.com. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  2. ^ a b c "About the K-Lite Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Basic". Codec Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  4. ^ K-Lite Codec Pack: Comparison of contents
  5. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Standard". Codec Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Codec Pack Full". Codec Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Contents of K-Lite Mega Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  8. ^ "K-Lite Mega Codec Pack Update 8.7.5 Build 2012.04.27 / 8.7.0 - Changelog". Softpedia. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Download K-Lite Codec Pack". Codec Guide. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  10. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit". Codec Guide. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  11. ^ "K-Lite Codec Pack: Comparison of abilities and supported file formats". codecguide.com. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  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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