Originally Posted by lifespeed
This is my ultimate WAF goal, as VMC plays MKVs poorly (stutters). Both TMT and MPC-HC x64 play MKV 24p perfectly, so I figure the fault lies with VMC (or it's codecs which I don't know that I can change).
I have noticed several other requests in this thread for info on the same thing: Is it possible to launch an external player to play an MKV by clicking on it's icon? I have not yet installed MB on the theory the minimum software to do the job, the better. If it appears MB can do this, I will happily give it a try.
I use Vista x64.
You don't need an external player for any file type (unless it's for playing BluRay from Optical Drive). Here's what I did:
- Fresh install of windows, no codecs installed.
- Install Hali Matroska Splitter
- Install ffdshow beta6 or better. This will decode most video files and also HD audio. Be sure to disable h.264/x.264/VC1 support.
- Download and Register MPC-HC Video Codec (Stand Alone Filter). This will now be used for decoding HD Video (h.264 etc). Link
That's it. Now you can play all your video files, be it SD or HD, from within Media Center with DXVA support, if you have the hardware.