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K-Lite Mega Codec Pack enables your computer to play practically any audio and video file, even though it is not supported by your operating system itself. Various media tools come in the installation package, including Media Player Classic Home Cinema, Media Info Lite, Codec Tweak, GraphStudioNext, Mini AviC FourCC Changer and Haali Muxer.
Unlike with many other products that are installed in an express way, you should pay attention while installing K-Lite Mega Codec Pack as there are some decisions to make regarding file associations and codec use. You should also bear in mind that the installer tries to add a new bar to your browser by default. Luckily, if you miss something during the installation process, you can always change it later using Codec Tweak. It is also possible that the new codecs may conflict with some of the previously installed ones, so be ready to uninstall old codecs beforehand.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema, included in the package, may well deserve a review of its own as it is an extremely light but powerful player. It can play media from virtually any source, such as DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, audios and videos and it supports playing high definition movies using very low system resources. Unfortunately, its weakest point is probably its plain design, far too basic for visually demanding users. Other tools available as part of the installation can help you visualize file info, change formats and mux various source files into a Matroska container. It is a pity that they are too techy-like for the common user.
All in all, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is probably the most extensive collections of media codecs available. It certainly spares you the effort of installing the required codecs from several separate installers. This software package also has the advantage of releasing updates quite frequently. Luckily, this software package is absolutely free, so there is nothing to lose if you give it a try. You should also know that this product comes in different editions: Basic, Standard, Full and Mega, which differ in the number of codes, accompanying tools and, consequently, the use of storage space.
- Ample codec support
- HD player supporting multiple sources
- Frequent updating
- Useful accompanying tools
- Low resource usage
- Complex installation process
- Browser bar may be installed
- Conflicts with installed codecs
- Plain design