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I'm looking for the best codec for .mkv for viewing 1080p. At the moment when watching it in WMP or vlc its not that smooth and my cpu is at like 65% usage. Specs are amd x4 940 at 3.6ghz and a 5870 so i should be fine resource wise. Looking for the best codec for it which isnt in a massive bloated codec pack.

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I would also like to know!
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CCCP

tick MT next to H.264 when configuring it (should open after install)
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www.codecguide.com

Get the K-Lite codec pack, it's a thing of beauty, doesn't have bloated garbage. Pick the pack that you will need/use the most. Avoid installing the Windows Media Player Classic, it is not necessary. You can also uncheck any unecessary codecs you do not want.

Works great playing video/sound over hdmi to my TV too.

Been using their packs for years now.
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I also recommend CCCP. Works great for me, and it's definitely NOT bloated.

Here's the link
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Originally Posted by Coldplayer View Post
I'm looking for the best codec for .mkv for viewing 1080p. At the moment when watching it in WMP or vlc its not that smooth and my cpu is at like 65% usage. Specs are amd x4 940 at 3.6ghz and a 5870 so i should be fine resource wise. Looking for the best codec for it which isnt in a massive bloated codec pack.

Cheers
mkv is not a codec, it is a container for video and audio streams, the most commenly used codec in mkvs is h.264
there are a few decent h.264 codecs around that can take advantage of multi cores however your better off getting your gpu to process the video.
vlc supports this by enabling dxva in the options
wmp12 also supports this, you will just need an mkv splitter to allow it to open mkv files, and it already has all the most common codecs such as h.264, and will automatically use your gpu, leaving your cpu usage at like 1%
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im using shark windows 7 codec atm but still thashing the cpu..wheres DXVA under vlc options?
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I am using "Splash Lite" courtesy of Forum member (Pillz Here). Really great player

http://mirillis.com/splash.html
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Thats a really nice looking player, thanks
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im using shark windows 7 codec atm but still thashing the cpu..wheres DXVA under vlc options?
shark codecs will not affect vlc as vlc uses its internal filters and codecs unless you tell it to do otherwise

hmm it should be easy to find, im 99% sure it has that option anyway, it should do.
if it doesnt its a pretty poor media player and id switch to something else, mpc-hc seems to be the most common player that supports pretty much everything.
personally i prefer using wmp12 as it supports all the most common formats out of the box, the only things it needs are an mkv splitter (i can send you a link to the most simple one if you like) and a dts decoder (i use ac3filter)
and it plays absolutely every movie i have, all using dxva so my cpu is basically idle
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