November 05, 2011
Thanks to reader David, I have discovered the Shark007 codecs. It's a competitor for the Combined Community Codec Pack, but unlike CCCP it supports 64-bit players, like Media Player Classic x64.
There is a 32-bit package, downloadable from here.
And there is a 64-bit addon, downloadable from here.
If you have any other codec system installed, such as CCCP, you have to uninstall those first. Then you have to install both of these packages. (And unfortunately, they automatically and unconditionally install both the Bing toolbar and the Ask toolbar on every browser you have installed, so you have to go turn them back off again if you don't want them. That's the only obnoxious thing here.)
Once they're installed, go into the install directory for the 32-bit package (it's "program files (x86)\Win7codecs\tools") and run "settings32.exe" as administrator.
Then go into the install directory for the 64-bit add-ons ("program files\Shark007\tools") and run "settings64.exe" as administrator. You only have to run those as administrator once.
I didn't make any changes to the settings, and MPC64 works beautifully with every MKV I tested, including those encoded using Hi10P.
Shark007 gets the Chizumatic seal of approval.
UPDATE: The best way to get rid of the Bing bar and Ask bar is with the "Programs and Features" applet in the Control Panel. Each one shows up there and can be uninstalled from your system completely.
UPDATE: I just noticed that it also changed my search provider in FireFox to Ask.com, without my permission. I can't figure out how to change it back again, but it doesn't matter because I never use it.
Posted by: Toren at November 05, 2011 05:45 PM (SiLUT)
Posted by: Mauser at November 05, 2011 06:02 PM (cZPoz)
Last time we had this discussion, it was said that the advantage was smaller files, not better quality. Whether that's true, I don't know.
Only reason I wanted it is because it's increasingly the codec of choice for a lot of circles for their high-res stuff.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 05, 2011 06:18 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at November 05, 2011 06:23 PM (Kn54v)
That's pretty common with these kinds of packages, but usually they're polite enough to ask if you want it, and not install if you say you don't.
They get sponsorship money for including that in their install packages, and I can understand the attraction (for them).
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 05, 2011 06:33 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 05, 2011 08:12 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Mauser at November 06, 2011 02:38 AM (cZPoz)
Posted by: Boviate at November 07, 2011 12:08 AM (RPpft)
SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) is the generic name for a category of instructions which are useful for some kinds of data processing. It gets used when you have a lot of data and need to do the same operations on all of it at once.
Video is a classic example of that kind of thing. The Pentium 32-bit model has a set of SIMD instructions which can operate on 8-bit or 16-bit values. So when it's processing 8-bit data using SIMD, it can operate on four at once.
In the 64-bit model, those instructions can operate on eight at once. So if you had a 64-bit player program, and 64-bit codecs, it should be possible to process larger and more complicated video in 64-bit than in 32-bit.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 07, 2011 06:31 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 07, 2011 09:00 AM (G2mwb)
That seems kind of pointless. It's pretty much a solution for a problem which time and advancing technology will solve anyway.
It's for people with 64-bit computers who only have 2G of RAM, pretty much. I've got 6G in this machine, and I can't see why I'd care if a program used this programming model instead of being pure 64-bit code.
The only people who really would want this are those who have 64-bit processors but only have 2G of RAM in their computers, and don't want to spend the money to get something new (or to upgrade their existing hardware). Hell of a lot of work for a pretty small (and declining) user base.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 07, 2011 12:30 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: RickC at November 07, 2011 08:00 PM (VKVOz)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 07, 2011 08:02 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: David at November 07, 2011 08:38 PM (Kn54v)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 07, 2011 10:55 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: RickC at November 08, 2011 06:46 PM (VKVOz)
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