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Tonight I'm swapping everything over to a new case and I'm going to go ahead and reinstall Windows while I'm at it. I always struggle with Codecs. I typically install the Shark007 codec pack w/ 64bit support. Looking through I have Shark, AC3 Filter and FFDshow installed. Do I need all 3? I still cannot get 5.1 AAC's to play in anything but stereo. I read AC3 Filter can re-encode them to 5.1, but I've been unable to make it work (not really sure it's possible). I've started using XBMC as my main software. Any tips to get the most out of my HTPC? I enable DXVA acceleration and I've tried using the set monitor refresh rate to videos fps but it always seems to set it to 50...

Any help and tips would be very much appreciated thumb.gif

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if your using xmbc, you should not need any codecs, i do believe xmbc has there codecs built into the program. Usually you only need codecs for media portal and WMC
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Really.. I did not know that. What about the AAC not playing 5.1? Any ideas on that?
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AAC is real time converted to AC3 by dharma
Set your audio output to Optical/Coax (even if you're using HDMI) and it transcodes multichannel AAC to AC3 for you
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AAC is real time converted to AC3 by dharma
Set your audio output to Optical/Coax (even if you're using HDMI) and it transcodes multichannel AAC to AC3 for you

I'll give that a shot.
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Something you may like if you have loads of movies (as i personally find XBMC lacking in UI), "All My Movies" its more of a catalog software w/ IMDB support, with the ability to launch the video file /dvd in your favourite video player (eg: VLC) and then you never need codecs...

Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a good alternative as well, and it comes with codecs too I believe. It has options for AC3 / spdif passthrough.
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Something you may like if you have loads of movies (as i personally find XBMC lacking in UI), "All My Movies" its more of a catalog software w/ IMDB support, with the ability to launch the video file /dvd in your favourite video player (eg: VLC) and then you never need codecs...
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a good alternative as well, and it comes with codecs too I believe. It has options for AC3 / spdif passthrough.

I've used VLC and MPCHC in the past. They work good but need codecs from what I saw. The XBMC seems to be very good. The only thing I do not like is I have to have it set to Library Mode in order to see details about each movie. I would prefer the normal interface with movie descriptions / video info.
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