I am preparing to rebuild my HTPC, and install Win7 final version instead of the 7100 RC I've been using for months now. I read somewhere on this forum that the Media Foundation codecs are much improved in RTM, so that some folks are not using FFDShow as their default anymore. Can anyone chime in as to whether this is working out for them? Any problems using the default 7MC codecs instead of FFDShow?
SD: The default codecs are good. (DTS is pass-through only.)
HD (MKV, M2TS, TS etc.):
- H.264: MS decoder in RTM is good, but MPC Video Decoder is better.
- VC-1: MS decoder is good but does not support GPU hardware acceleration (not a big issue for a dual core processor through). MPC Video Decoder is better (but this does not support interalced VC-1). VC-1 Tweak + ArcSoft is a better alternative.
- MPEG-2: MS decoder is good. An alternative is CyberLink.
- HD audio: ffdshow Audio Decoder is the best. FLAC: madFlac.
BTW 7MC internal player uses the default MS codecs in MF pipeline for M2TS, TS (and more). So you need a tweak to use non-MS filters. Read: