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How to watch videos in different formats

If you try to play a video file in--say--MP4 format right after installing Windows, Windows Media Player (WMP) will not be able to play it as it requires a certain decoder to decode formated content in order to show it. These small programs are called Codecs and if you like to play a media file in certain format other than what WMP supports by default, you need to install the codec that can decode the content of that media file.

As the number of media formats are high, there are many codecs, even various codecs for one format. So it is difficult to install all codecs to be able to play all types of media files, especially for non power users. Like for all difficulties, there are solutions to ease, which are called 'Codec Packs'. As the name implies, these software packages include collection of codecs and help you install all those packed codecs at once so that you can start to play all supported media formats in a minute or so.

K-Lite Codec Pack

One of the famous codec packs on the Internet is called "K-Lite Codec Pack". Here is an excerpt from codecguide.com explaining this codec pack.

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even some rare formats. It works on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/XP64. There are three versions of the K-Lite Codec Pack: Basic, Standard and Full.

Basic package contains only the most essential things. It contains everything you need to be able to play the two most popular and widespread formats, DivX and XviD. With this, you should be able to play most DVDrips and TVrips.

Standard package contains everything you need to play all the most commonly used formats. This package should be enough for the average user. With this, you should be able to play media files in MP4, OGG, FLV format.

Full package contains even more codecs. It also has encoding support for various formats. This package is for power users and people who do video editing/encoding. As you install this complete solution, you should be play almost all media formats.

The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:

  • It it always very up-to-date with the newest (and/or best) versions of the components.
  • It is very user-friendly.
  • The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able install exactly those components that you really want.
  • Uninstallation removes all files and registry entries created by the pack.
  • It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation.
  • It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting or buggy codecs.
  • It tries to avoid potential problems with existing codecs and even fixes some problems. The pack is able to detect broken codecs and filters on your system, and remove them for you.
  • It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies.
  • There are different packages. From small to extra-large.
  • Suitable for both novice and expert users.

We tested the latest version of K-Lite Codec Pack Full version 2.82 and we managed to play MP4, MOV, M4V and FLV type of video files with Ziepod+. If you like to download K-Lite Codec Pack, visit [ this site ]. Keep in mind that there are three versions of this package; those are, basic, standard, full. Choose the one that suits your needs.

After downloading, make sure that you close Ziepod+ and all instances of Internet Exlorer. Then start installing it by following steps shown in its Installation Wizard. While installing, it may ask questions to tune the installation for your needs. As they are set for a default user, you can keep them as they are and continue to finish the installation. After installing it, restart Ziepod+ and start to watch video files in supported formats.

It has to be noted that you can use Ziepod+ both to stream video content directly or download first and then play it. Sometimes, when you try to stream a video file t may fail to open or it may take too much time to load, simply because of your bandwidth limitations of your internet connection. This doesn't mean that Ziepod+ cannot play that file. To bypass that kind of situation, we recommend you first download files--especially big ones--and then play it.

Here are useful links you can get more information about K-Lite Codec Pack:

  • Download K-Lite Codec Pack
  • K-Lite Software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Free-Codecs.com :: Reviews of K-Lite Codec Pack
  • FileForum | Reviews of K-Lite Codec Pack
  • Codec - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Introduction to Media Formats ( @ Ziepod Help Documentation)
  • Keep in mind that this package is a third-party solution that we don't have any control over. Based on special configuration of your computer, it may cause unexpected anomalies. Nevertheless, people who are building these kind of packed software packages are trying to do their bests to prevent such conflicts. To learn more about it, check their site or google it on the Internet.

    As time passes and we get more feedback on this topic, we will update this tutorial. So if you like to comment on this tutorial, please [ contact us ] so that we can make it more clear and complete.

    Special Note : After installing codecs, if Ziepod or Ziepod+ freezes while playing MP3 files, then we recommend you to re-download the latest release. It should solve the problem you are facing. If it's not, then please contact us.

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