Decoder Recommendations

In most cases when it is first installed DVMP Pro will automatically select the necessary video and audio decoders for playing and burning-in supported video files and save the selections in Tools > Options > Video Decoders and Tools > Options > Audio Decoders. You will therefore probably not need to select any of these manually (except perhaps for the AC-3 audio decoder). However, if you experience any issues or would just like to experiment with other decoders, below are some recommendations of video and audio decoders for use in DVMP Pro. The headings below correspond to the sections in Tools > Options > Video Decoders and Tools > Options > Audio Decoders.

 

In general, the Intel video decoders that use the capabilities of the Intel processor (CPU) that is at the heart of most modern computers and laptops is the best choice when available, particularly as Intel's hardware acceleration is available on many computers which can make burn-in proceed faster. Also, some versions of Windows come supplied with some Microsoft decoders and these are often a good alternative to the Intel video decoders. Another general recommendation is the free LAV Filters package which contains a high quality video decoder and audio decoder that work for a wide variety of video and audio formats. You are also free to experiment with other third-party decoders, though not all will work well with DVMP Pro.

 

Remember to Restart your computer immediately after installing any third-party decoders, as some may not be recognized by Windows until it is restarted.

 

For some third-party decoders, you may find that there is a choice of separate 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) versions to download from their web site - in that case you must always choose the 32-bit (x86) version (even if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows). A exclusively 64-bit version will not appear in the video and audio decoders lists in DVMP Pro.

 

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INFORMATION: You may sometimes see recommendations elsewhere to install a "codec pack" which is a collection of many third-party video and audio decoders (and sometimes encoders/compressors too) that someone has gathered from many different sources and placed into a single installable package. Because codec packs contain so many different decoders, they are often seen as an easy way of avoiding error messages about missing decoders in many video software applications; but they sometimes make changes to Windows settings that can cause problems in some video applications which in extreme cases may be impossible to fix without re-installing Windows from scratch. Some providers of codec packs are more reliable than others, but in general we would recommend that it is much safer not to install a large number of decoders many of which you will never use, and instead only install an individual decoder as you need it, and only download the decoder from the publisher's own website.

 

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IMPORTANT: Third-party decoders are developed by other suppliers that have no connection with us, so we are unable to give any assurances as to their safety or freedom from viruses etc. When you install a third-party component the license is between the third-party supplier and yourself. As with all software, ensure that you only download it from their official web site, and ensure that you virus scan anything that you download before you install it. Installation of any third-party software is entirely at your own risk!

 

MPEG-2 video decoder recommendations

 

The MPEG-2 video decoder is used in the playback and burn-in of HDV and MPEG-2 Program Stream files. MPEG-2 Program Stream files include Sony HDD/DVD files and MOD files. You can select the MPEG-2 video decoder in the MPEG-2 Video Decoder section of Tools > Options > Video Decoders.

 

The best choice (chosen automatically as the default when DVMP Pro is first installed) is usually the Intel QuickSync MPEG-2 Video Decoder.

 

Some versions of Windows come supplied with a Microsoft MPEG-2 video decoder that is a good alternative where available. Depending on which version of Windows you have it may be called Microsoft MPEG-2 Video Decoder or Microsoft DVT-DVD Video Decoder.

 

If you prefer to use a third-party decoder, then we recommend the LAV Video Decoder which is a component of the LAV Filters package. LAV Filters is a recently developed set of free decoders that is gaining in popularity, and is gradually replacing the well respected "ffdshow tryouts" decoders (which are no longer being developed). The LAV Video Decoder has built-in support for hardware acceleration using Intel Quicksync and NVIDIA CUVID which can be selected in its Properties window. You can download the installer for the LAV Filters package from the location below - in the "Downloads" section click the LAVFilters-x.xx-Installer.exe link (where x.xx is the version number that changes with each new release).

 

https://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

 

Although ffdshow tryouts is no longer being developed, if you do wish to try it you can find it at

 

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/files/SVN%20builds%20by%20clsid/generic%20builds/

 

We do not recommend Mainconcept or Elecard MPEG-2 video decoders for use in DVMP Pro 6.

 

 

AVC (H.264) video decoder recommendations

 

The AVC/H.264 video decoder is used in the playback and burn-in of AVCHD video and some MOV/MP4 files. You can select the AVC/H.264 video decoder in the AVC/H.264 Video Decoder section of Tools > Options > Video Decoders.

 

The best choice (chosen automatically as the default when DVMP Pro is first installed) is usually the Intel QuickSync AVC/H.264 Video Decoder.

 

Some versions of Windows come supplied with a Microsoft AVC/H.264 video decoder that is a good alternative where available - it is called Microsoft DVT-DVD Video Decoder.

 

If you prefer to use a third-party decoder, then we recommend the LAV Video Decoder which is a component of the LAV Filters package. LAV Filters is a recently developed set of free decoders that is gaining in popularity, and is gradually replacing the well respected "ffdshow tryouts" decoders (which are no longer being developed). The LAV Video Decoder has built-in support for hardware acceleration using Intel Quicksync and NVIDIA CUVID which can be selected in its Properties window. You can download the installer for the LAV Filters package from the location below - in the "Downloads" section click the LAVFilters-x.xx-Installer.exe link (where x.xx is the version number that increases with each new release).

 

https://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

 

Although ffdshow tryouts is no longer being developed, if you do wish to try it you can find it at

 

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/files/SVN%20builds%20by%20clsid/generic%20builds/

 

We do not recommend Mainconcept, Elecard or CoreAVC AVC/H.264 video decoders for use in DVMP Pro 6.

 

MPEG-4 Part 2 video decoder recommendations

 

The MPEG-4 Part 2 video decoder is used in the playback and burn-in of some MOV/MP4 files. You can select the MPEG-4 Part 2 video decoder in the MPEG-4 Part 2 Video Decoder section of Tools > Options > Video Decoders.

 

Most versions of Windows come with a suitable decoder that is automatically chosen as the default when DVMP Pro is first installed.

 

If you prefer to use a third-party decoder, then we recommend the LAV Video Decoder which is a component of the LAV Filters package. LAV Filters is a recently developed set of free decoders that is gaining in popularity, and is gradually replacing the well respected "ffdshow tryouts" decoders (which are no longer being developed). The LAV Video Decoder has built-in support for hardware acceleration using Intel Quicksync and NVIDIA CUVID which can be selected in its Properties window. You can download the installer for the LAV Filters package from the location below - in the "Downloads" section click the LAVFilters-x.xx-Installer.exe link (where x.xx is the version number that increases with each new release).

 

https://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

 

AC-3 audio decoder recommendations

 

The AC-3 audio decoder is used in playback and burn-in of AVCHD files, some MOV/MP4 files, and some MPEG-2 Program Stream files. MPEG-2 Program Stream files include Sony HDD/DVD files and MOD files. You can select the AC-3 audio decoder in the AC-3 Audio Decoder section of Tools > Options > Audio Decoders.

 

There are no Intel AC-3 decoders, and currently no versions of Windows are supplied with a suitable AC-3 audio decoder, so a third-party audio decoder must be present on your PC. We recommend either AC3Filter which is available from

 

http://ac3filter.net/wiki/AC3Filter_1.63b   (choose the "Lite" version)

 

or the LAV Audio Decoder which is a component of the LAV Filters package which is available from the location below - in the "Downloads" section click the LAVFilters-x.xx-Installer.exe link (where x.xx is the version number that changes with each new release).

 

https://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

 

AAC audio decoder recommendations

 

The AAC audio decoder is used in playback and burn-in of some MOV and MP4 files. You can select the AAC audio decoder in the AAC Audio Decoder section of Tools > Options > Audio Decoders.

 

Some versions of Windows come supplied with a AAC audio decoder that is chosen automatically as the default when DVMP Pro is installed.

 

If you prefer to use a third-party decoder, then we recommend the LAV Audio Decoder which is a component of the LAV Filters package which is available from the location below - in the "Downloads" section click the LAVFilters-x.xx-Installer.exe link (where x.xx is the version number that changes with each new release).

 

https://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

 

See Also:

What are Decoders

Choosing Decoders