Some people don’t really need (or want) to get down and dirty with the intricacies of codecs like FFDShow. Many people simply want their media play to, no matter what, without the hassle of learning how to setup or use various codec configurations. Granted FFDShow setup is far from difficult but in some situations it does require a little extra care to get that obscure piece of video to play. Luckily, for those who just can’t be bothered there’s another way.
Shark007.net provides Media Center users with one of the most comprehensive codec packs that comes without all the bloat of other public codec packs. Even better the latest versions of Shark007’s codec packs include an extremely easy to use configuration app that makes setting up your codecs even easier than before!
To get started download the Windows 7 Codecs from Shark007.net and if you’re on Windows x64 get the special Windows 7 x64 codec pack as well. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Windows 7 codecs configuring them is simple! Just launch the configuration app from the Win7codecs folder in Programs, Shark007 includes an app for both x86 and x64 systems.
Upon launching the configuration you’ll notice that you have access to an incredible number of options for setting up your codec playback. The pack should work just fine out of the box but if you’d like to choose specific codecs to use on certain types of content you’ll need to launch the configuration utility in Administrator mode. To do this simply right-click the shortcut and select “Run as Administrator”.
On the Config and Audio tabs you’ll also find buttons to launch specific configuration programs FFDShow, Xvid and other included codecs. As mentioned, however, there should be no need to play around with the setup unless there’s something specific you’d like to accomplish. Straight after installation Shark007’s Windows 7 Codecs will play almost anything you throw at it.
For Media Center users getting something done “easily” isn’t usually the case but Shark007’s codec packs can definitely make your life a little easier.