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Written by MissingRemote   
Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Guide: Installing Ffdshow Software

AntiPack was intended as a starting point in that it only includes high quality hardware accelerated codecs for the most popular A/V formats, but does not support everything. If you need more, ffdshow should be next on your list. It provides the most full featured software video and audio decoder of any OSS or free DirectShow filter; because of this when installed and configured properly it is an excellent complement to what we started earlier. For me, the most important feature that ffdshow provides that isn't found anywhere else is DTS-MA support. While only core (i.e. DTS) is supported because the underlying libdts/libca does not yet support full MA, ffdshow will connect to splitters that present the proper DTS-MA media type (like the beta SageTV demuxer) without needing to transcode or recontainer the content prior to playback.

I don't generally recommend ffdshow to those just looking "to make it work" because it requires some tweaking beyond installation to ensure good behavior. Today we're going to walk through how to install it, and the basic configuration to make sure that it works they way you want. Keep in mind this is just an installation guide, ffdshow has many capabilities that are beyond the scope of this article.

This walk-through is based on the latest stable build of ffdshow tryouts (Beta 6), but there are much newer unofficial builds available; either way the installation process should be pretty much the same. I almost left out screen shots of the less interesting dialogs in the install to make this shorter, but opted to include everything for completeness. MissingRemote


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