Find out which Mpeg-2 Codecs are installed? HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by wakerlet, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. wakerlet

    wakerlet Guest


    I'm having a problem with Fast Forward and Rewind (They aren't
    working). And from what I've read this has to do with the mpeg
    codecs that are installed on my computer.

    Is there a way to deterime 1) what codecs are installed on my computer
    and 2) what codec MCE is using for my mpeg decompression?


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    wakerlet, Aug 21, 2003
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    Bob Guest

    Download, install, and run Microsoft GraphEdit. I don't have its URL, but
    I'm sure you can find it with a little searching.

    Go to the File menu and select Render Media File... Navigate to an MPEG
    video or DVR-MS file, and GraphEdit will show you which filters/codecs are
    being used to play that media file.

    Bob, Aug 21, 2003
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    NoNoBadDog! Guest

    Do a google search for GSpot Video will give you copious info
    on each of your video files.

    NoNoBadDog!, Aug 21, 2003
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    Charlie Owen Guest

    Click Start --> Run
    Type 'dvdupgrd.exe /detect' without the quotes.
    Click the OK button.
    You should get a dialog box with MPEG2 codec information.

    Charlie Owen [MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Charlie Owen, Aug 22, 2003
  5. Charlie,

    I'm afraid 'dvdupgrd' won't tell the truth all the time. I just installed
    nero 6 Ultra Edition, and when I run 'dvdupgrd.exe /detect' , I get the

    Company: Ahead Software AG

    That is the mpeg-2 codec from the Ahead ShowTime DVD player. However, when I
    open media Center, it uses (fortunately) the nvDVD codec. I can tell not
    only by the difference in quality, but because NVDVD creates an icon in the
    system tray when it's running.

    By the way, the nVDVD is FAR superior than the Ahead software.

    I guess that the most precise way to tell which codec Media Center actually
    uses is to run Graphedit and bind to a running graph, a solution others have
    already proposed.

    Best regards,


    Luis A. Burgos, Aug 23, 2003
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    Bob Guest

    If you know the location (folder\filename) of the codec, you can type
    "regsvr32 /u filename" (without the quotes) at the command prompt.

    If you don't know the location, you can use ZoomPlayer (free download -
    search google), and use it's filter manager to find and unregister the

    Bob, Aug 24, 2003
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