About K-Lite Codec
K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video components for Microsoft Windows that enables the operating system and its software to play back 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, GSpot Codec Information Appliance, and Codec Tweak Tool. As a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools, the K-Lite Codec is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files in all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.
There are five editions of K-Lite Codec Pack, all being available free of charge.
Basic: The Basic edition is the smallest version and enables a Microsoft Windows computer to play Matroska (MKV), MP4, Ogg and Adobe Flash video (FLV) files, in addition to various types of AVI files. It only consists of ffdshow (for audio and video decoding), DirectVobSub (for subtitle decoding), Codec Tweak Tool and four other minor components. This edition does not come with Media Player Classic.
Standard: The Standard edition includes all features of the Basic edition plus a DVD Video decoder, Media Info Lite and Media Player Classic Home Cinema. This edition enables DVD playback in Microsoft Windows. This package is recommended for normal users.
Full: The Full edition includes 31 additional components and four additional tools beyond those included in the Standard edition, as well as adding video encoding capabilities to Microsoft Windows PCs. However, no encoding or conversion tool is included in the package.
Mega: The K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is a combination of K-Lite Codec Pack Full, Real Alternative, and fourteen additional components not present in any other edition. Amongst these components, there is the original Media Player Classic as well as Media Player Classic Home Cinema, GSpot Codec Information Appliance, and FourCC Changer.
64-bit: The 64-bit K-Lite Codec Pack is an independent package of codecs that can be used with 64-bit players on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows. This edition can co-exist with one of the other editions, and in fact the developers recommend installing the 64-bit pack after installing one of the regular packs.
About K-Light Mega Codec Pack
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack includes codecs for the most popular compressions like Divx and Xvid as well as some of the less popular but still necessary codecs. It also includes Quicktime and Realplayer codecs. The K-Lite Mega Codec Pack has updated to Version 8.1, which updated Media Player Classic Home Cinema to version 18.104.22.16817, ffdshow to version 1.1.4212, Lagarith to version 1.3.27, and MediaInfo Lite to version 0.7.52.
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