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NEW VERSION 1.3.4533

ffdshow is an advanced directshow decoder and VFW codec for playing most video formats like AVI, DivX, XviD, MKV, MP4/M4V, WMV, WEBM, MPG, MPEG2, SVCD, DVD, AVC/H264, AC3, DTS, AAC/M4A. Built in video and audio postprocessing filters like video resize, noise, sharpen, crop, logoaway, subtitles, OSD information and audio equalizer, normalizer, delay, etc.

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File size:4.6MB
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1.3.4533 (September 30, 2014)

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Fix huffyuv encoding crash.
Patch made by: SpOeK!
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Guides and How to's

Add permanent subtitles to VCD,SVCD,DVD,AVI with ffdshow or vobsub and convert with Tmpgenc - Read
FLV to AVI Conversion Guide using VirtualDub - Read
How to setup a HTPC with MPC-HC madVR ffdshow Avisynth - Read
MP4 Usage Guide, Play, Convert, Edit - Read
YouTube, Google Video Download and DivX Conversion Guide - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As

ffdshowmt, ffdshow-mt, fdshow tryout, ffdshowtryout, ffdshow tryouts, ffds

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Video and audio decoder for DirectShow (media players) and VFW (VirtualDub). Wide choice of post processing options, some which can be activated interactively via a hotkey. Relatively small size for the number of supported formats make ffdshow a good choice for installation on any Windows computer. Older versions of Windows are supported in earlier revisions, with somewhat reduced functionality.

Unified framework for all the supported formats. Output configuration, such as the color space or number of channels, or post processing, apply to all formats. Built-in subtitle renderer draws captions directly onto the picture, without requiring a special renderer or interaction between separate filters, which sometimes fails due to incompatibilities. Subtitles can be dynamically enabled.

Still frame (screenshot) grabbing functionality, which becomes invaluable when comparing different versions of a video. It is possible to capture frames anywhere in the processing chain: as decoded, with subtitles, resized, with a diagnostic OSD. The OSD can be shown on screen (with the frame number or other parameters for reference), but not included in the grabs.

Includes two lossless encoders for intermediate renders (huffyuv and ffv1). Older revisions also include other encoders from ffmpeg, which however were difficult to understand and configure.

Ffdshow development has now been discontinued. However, with current operating systems and data formats it will remain useful. Developer Clsid still provides limited support over at Doom9, and has changed/fixed the behavior of the codec at my request a couple of times.

I have noted a few regressions (some fixed by Clsid). Always thoroughly test a new build, and don't upgrade unless you want to solve a specific problem. I've been using ffdshow since they days of DivX ;-) as a substitute for codec packs with malware. Unlike programs like VLC, Ffdshow feels like native Windows software. Needs additional splitters/source filters to work.

Posted July 29, 2014 by j7n. Tool version r3154 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

neat tool.. BUT.....

Something went horrible wrong since revision 1.3.4515 !!!!

Some subtitles don't show up in just potplayer however ... mpc-hc its fine !!

And lots of menu navigation issues such as Black screens , menu hang/freez !!!

Went back to revision .4513, and the above problems all are fixed by doing that !!

However, the quality from the embededd dvd subtitles has dropped → too much lightning/contrast arround the edges !!!

Hope developer reads this !!

Posted January 21, 2014 by metagondria. Tool version 1.3.4513 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

ffdshow dev,
i would like to have hevc codec and
opus codec video/audio decoder support implemented in ffdshow.

Posted July 30, 2013 by dark_cross. Tool version 1.3.4515 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I use long version rev3029, which offers encoding and codec with 26 (DivX.WMV.XviD,MPEG-4.H264 etc...) which is omitted in later versions.Decoder rev3029 also works great.My opinion is: why change something that is good,greetings...

Posted March 28, 2012 by prijatelj.v. Tool version rev3029 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I've been using ffdshow as my only codec pack on all three machines for about four years and have never had a problem with it until the latest version. It's really strange because it works on two of my machines but not on the third one.

I use it with Media Player Classic, and with the latest version on the "problem" machine, all I get is sound; there's no picture at all.

The one that's having a problem has two graphics cards, but it's never been a problem before.

I went back to the previous version, and it works perfectly again. Weird!

Posted March 28, 2012 by jgg. Tool version r4399 20120322 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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