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kemuri-_9
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Since the question comes up frequently now, Here's what is and is not recommended to play our files

Recommended:
Players:
Media Player Classic (MPC) - HomeCinema (x86 and x64): available at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=170561
- As the HomeCinema Edition of MPC has everything built into it (codecs, splitters, filters), it needs nothing further. If you choose this then that's all you need!
Zoom Player: available at http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_download.shtml/#STANDARD

*NOTE: As it seems, both MPC and Zoom Player are apparently bundled with the CCCP, that does NOT mean THEY approve of the CCCP, it means the CCCP approves of THEM!

linux users (and windows, but not recommended for them) have mplayer, available at http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html
mplayer and its korean altered version KMplayer do not need any codecs and will be able to play all things standalone.

codecs (now included for convenience as of 5/15)
ffdshow is an all-in-one decoder that is a combination of many opensource tools and works well with Zoom Player:
x86 and x64: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=173941

video: (only if you do not choose to use ffdshow for them)
h264 video decoder: use ffdshow or find CoreAVC on the internet (is professionally licensed and we are not able to link to it)
Koepi's XviD video decoder: http://lime-anime.net/public/Koepi-XviD-1.2.-127.exe

audio: (only if you do not choose to use ffdshow for them)
OGG Vorbis audio decoder: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/formats/vorbis.shtml
AAC audio: http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/formats/aac.shtml

splitter: (not available in ffdshow; must get)
Haali's Media Splitter (.mp4, .mkv, .ogm playback): http://haali.cs.msu.ru/mkv/

subtitles: (not available in ffdshow; must get)
VSFilter (a.k.a. DirectVobSub): http://www.inmatrix.com/zplayer/formats/vsfilter.shtml


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NOT Recommended:
Divx Player.
Windows Media Player (WMP).
Winamp.
BS Player.
VLC (No Longer Recommended) (11/12)
PowerDVD's h264 decoder (11/18) - if you happen to install PowerDVD, a very handy DVD player program for your computer and you see "H.264" on the codec list, disable the h264 decoder. i made some batch scripts to help you out if you installed it in the standard directory: Tools (just now saw it with version 7)
PowerDVD in general (6/19) This program does not preserve aspect ratios when watching non-DVD media.
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NOT SUPPORTED:
Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP). (If it works for you, then good for you.)

As stated Earlier, the CCCP comes with ffdshow, MPC-HC, Zoomplayer and some other things...
most of this is unnecessary bloat if you just want MPC-HC which can do everything itself - even subtitles


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FAQ:
Q: What is the difference between x86 and x64?
A: x64 (a.k.a AMD64, x86_64, and EM64T) is an architecture created originally by AMD and now has implementations by Intel in which 64bit instructions are available on top of standard 32bit ones.
A: This architecture allows increased total RAM usage by the OS and applications (from 2^31 bytes (2 Gigabytes) each to 2^63 bytes (8 Exabytes) each), in addition to some speed performances from using 64bit instructions.

Q: Can i use the x64 software on my computer?
A: AMD started x64 instructions with the Athlon64/k8 processor line, Intel with the Nocona line (pre Core2); it has been standard since.
A: You can use the x64 version only if you have an x64 Operating System installed on your x64 Processor (i.e. Windows XP Professional x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu x64)

Q: Do I have to use the x64 version on my x64 Operating System?
A: No, because of how x64 is an extension of the x86 instruction set, you can use the x86 version; but then your processor's full capability isn't used.

Q: Can i mix x64 and x86 software for playback?
A: No, x64 software only works with x64 software; x86 software only works with x86 software; because of this, use the same version for overall playback.
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