K-Lite ends media format madness

K-Lite ends media format madness

Summary: Are you sick and tired of all the types of media formats that you come across on the Internet that never seem to play right? Are you sick of downloading the various media players from Apple, Real, DivX, XviD and so on but still not be able to handle every format you come across and all the various versions of each format? Media format madness is enough to drive a computer user insane but if you're looking for a way out, K-Lite is the tool for you!

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Are you sick and tired of all the types of media formats that you come across on the Internet that never seem to play right?  Are you sick of downloading the various media players from Apple, Real, DivX, XviD and so on but still not be able to handle every format you come across and all the various versions of each format?  It's bad enough you have to worry about software vulnerabilities from Microsoft and their built-in Windows Media Player, but Apple's latest dozen vulnerabilities on their media player is exposing not only Macs but PCs that have QuickTime installed.  Real Player which is not only one of the most obnoxious pieces of software in the world the way it insists of making itself the default file handler for all your media files no matter what you do is also a nasty piece of spyware.  All these problems are enough to drive a computer user insane but if you're looking for a way out, K-Lite is the tool for you!

Once you download (there are bad sources and imitators on the Internet laced with pop-ups and lord knows what else so use this link) and install K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, you'll be able to play just about any media file in the world, even commercial DVDs and High Definition MPEG files that you've recorded over the air or ripped from your HD-DVR!  It also plays standard QuickTime and Real files right inside of your default media player which is usually Windows Media Player 9 for most Windows users.  K-Lite also comes with a very recent version of Microsoft Media Player classic which seems to get around some of the problems associated with Windows Media Player 10 though Media Player Classic doesn't seem to have any play-list capability to queue up multiple files.

Note that when you install K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, you'll most likely want to use the default settings to get the best results.  If you try to do a custom install, the number of options that you can tweak is dizzying and you'll probably have problems getting everything working right.  Whenever I'm building a new computer for a friend or whenever anyone asks me for advice for media playback issues, I tell them to uninstall of all their junk and just install K-Lite because it's a must-have for any PC.

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  • no digg...not even close...

    this is absolutely uselesss to be, personally, (i am not tryign to speak for anyone else, or influenece any one's comment on this, btw) i used it before, it actually did more harm than good even under the default install, i was left with chronically broken codecs and severe system lag when trying to use any of teh codecs, mayeb it was a bad install, bad version or codec collision due to unknown exisitng installs, i don't know, but it wasn't for... there is a media player called MPlayer (www.mplayerhq.hu) it includes pretty much every useful codec known to man, and are mainly if not all installed externally, simply download the codec pack folder and you're good to go. and if you still have issues with teh DRM crap from asf videos. etc. add vlc (www.videolan.org/vlc/) to the tally futhermore this works on linux as well as windows and os x i think so it's for everyone, last checked k-lite was only for micro$haft winblows xploit, and vlc and MPlayer are among if not the fstest resource un-intensive players around.
    st!lborn
    • Bad Install indeed...

      I would say that happens to be your problem with your scenario.

      I have had to install it on a number of systems and have generally had good results as opposed to the alternatives out there that gunk up a system.

      Nice of you to offer up MPlayer though, although I have yet to install MPlayer without borking.
      nucrash
      • "borking"?

        To bork is, as I understand it, to raise a significant number of meaningless but vaguely negative issues in order to discredit someone. Named after a Supreme Court nominee of impeccable character and qualifications who was defeated by innuendo.
        (Not a political question, so I'll add that the country might or might not be better off because the nomination was defeated. I admit, though, that I do not approve of the tactic.)

        At any rate, I'm wondering what you mean by the term in this context.
        Anton Philidor
        • I'd rather have Bork

          than Clarence Thomas . . .
          Roger Ramjet
        • And no, I didn't add this entry

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bork

          Bullet Number 4
          nucrash
          • Oh... corruption of broken.

            Perhaps a typo that became a term.

            Didn't think you'd invented it. Thanks.
            Anton Philidor
          • So far my MPlayer Installs...

            have always been busted. The majority of them are FreeBSD.
            nucrash
      • bad install

        I have only had to search the web for a codec once since I started using klite. You can install it as lean or bloated as you want. It beats the crap out of almost everything else out there. (Hear me Real 'drive me nuts' Player.)
        benyahuda
    • MPlayer is the ticket!

      Agreed. Mplayer is probably the best choice around for all of the codecs.

      What's more, it's a cross-platform product, Windows, Linux, Apple OSX.
      D T Schmitz
      • Works for my home Windoze 'puter

        EXCEPT for those DRMed files. I "Recycle Bin" those.
        Roger Ramjet
      • MPlayer is the thing

        I use it on Linux, where it plays anything I throw against it.
        pkrdk
    • Your objectivity.

      "last checked k-lite was only for micro$haft winblows xploit"

      I guess that says it all for your objectivity.
      georgeou
      • Uh?

        Uh? What do you mean?
        Irritated_User
        • It means that his characterization of K-Lite is questionable

          It means that his characterization of K-Lite is questionable since he doesn't like the fact that K-Lite is a Windows only application.
          georgeou
          • Ok. Thanks for the translation.

            Thanks for the translation. For a moment I thought he was referring to the fact that M$ might have had something to do with it.

            Well, I'd like most of my other apps to work multiplatform too but unfortunately most don't (although WINE helps).
            Irritated_User
    • Waht are you doing that I'm not?

      I'd love to know what you are doing that I'm not.

      I've installed it many times and on many machines, and not once have I had any trouble.

      Also, the companion Real Alternative Player I find excellent too, you can play Real Audio files and also it's not difficult to get it to work on Real Audio streams (which are often a problem if you are not using Real Player).
      Irritated_User
    • EXTREME DANGER -another rogue OS

      Not only do we have to prevent people changing their MS Windows, Linux, OSX etc systems to those very dangerous ones from Microsux, M$ and Windoze but mow the deadly micro$haft and the ghastly winblows.
      Give us a break
      Bob G Beechey
  • K-Lite is an unnecessary complication.

    Most codecs are already present in WMP 10. (By the way, WMP 11 appears to be available through Softpedia. I have not yet downloaded it, so I can't comment further.)

    I use Real Alternative to avoid the Real player.
    (As an aside, I think that the reason for Real's problems with being a source for streaming media is the public's distaste for the player.)

    I have QuickTime 6.5.2 (paid).
    The supposed editing functions in QuickTime are non-existent in my opinion, but I can export from .mov to uncompressed and work with Divx on VirtualDub.

    If another codec is to be added, I want to know what version I'm using and the source. Too many codecs are being developed in too many places to have confidence without some research.

    So K-Lite is only a duplication or a risk. I'm not asserting that I can identify a poor codec in K-Lite, only that I would prefer to make my own mistakes in codecs rather than risk someone else's.
    Anton Philidor
    • Competition is a "complication"?

      Maybe if M$ opened up their APIs - apps could plug and play and no complication would be needed! (Yeah, I know that's not what you meant).
      Roger Ramjet
      • Yeah, but M$ isn't the only horse in this race.

        Yeah, but M$ isn't the only horse in this race (thank heavens). What about RealAudio and the myriads of others? For starters, MP3 isn't a M$ format--that comes from the esteemed Fraunhofer Institute (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), along with many other codecs that actually work well!
        Irritated_User