Codec Priority

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by Ash, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Ash

    Ash Guest


    I was wondering how I can change the audio codec priority in Windows Vista?
    In Windows XP this could be done using Control Panel, as you could look at
    the properties of the device "Audio Codecs" and see a list installed on the
    system and adjust priority easily. There does not seem to be a way to do
    this in Vista.

    I desperately need to change audio codec priority as some programs such as
    Nero Vision and Adobe Premiere seem to only want to list the first few
    codecs and will not show up special codecs (e.g. Lame MP3) unless the codec
    priority is high enough.

    I hope someone can help.

    Many thanks
    Ash, Jun 25, 2007
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    Uponthis Guest

    Uponthis, Jun 26, 2007
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    That's not going to do anything positive. Uninstalling codecs has always
    been a headache in Windows, and putting in a random collection of codecs
    that stomps on other *working* codecs is just a bad plan all around.

    Codec packs remain horrible. You are always better served by simply find
    the specific codec you need and getting it direct from the vendor, ensuring
    you get the latest and (or?) best version of that codec.

    Sorry: I work in this field, and codec packs are pretty much the number one
    source of problems. If we all just walk quietly away from them, things
    would run a lot smoother. =\

    zachd [MSFT], Jun 26, 2007
  4. Ash

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    You're referring to generally outmoded functionality. Are you sure your
    tools are actually dependent upon that? Those sound like unrelated issues.
    Your tools should be able to use whatever pluggable codecs they support.
    For example, if you had a tool that supported random ACM codecs, having the
    LAME ACM encoder would let that work...
    zachd [MSFT], Jun 26, 2007
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    Jume Guest

    what about ffdshow ( )

    not really a codec pack, but more like "only one to make it all", i've been
    using it for long long years without problems, and now finally there is a
    newer version which adresses the "com surrogate stop working" in vista

    watch out, ffdshow-tryout is the newer version (march 2007 as of now),
    ffdshow "as-is" (2004) will give troubles with mpgs live icons and such

    if you know something that could be bad with it, just tell (you know, i do
    not make stress tests)
    Jume, Jun 26, 2007
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    That is absolutely not a codec pack. The old versions of FFDShow floating
    around do cause a lot of problems (which is why I really prefer if people
    use the current proper name "FFDShow Tryouts" instead of "FFDShow"), but
    FFDShow Tryouts is a first party codec that's still being worked on and that
    you can get a level of support for.
    zachd [MSFT], Jun 26, 2007
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    Java Guest

    Hello, I was thinking of downing loading the same codecs from codec. Perhaps
    you can help me. I purchased a dell basic and I cannot convert ram files to
    wave. I use a site called illustrate that has a converter which, I used on my
    old cp which had xp and creative sound blaster. The dell has sigma tel which
    is now idt. When I try to convert a ram file to wave I get a msg "direct show
    filter for ram files not installed" yet it is. I wonder if this is a vista
    problem, a sound problem or what could it be.

    Would appreciate your thoughts.
    Java, Jun 27, 2007
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