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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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OS:Windows
Version:1.3.4533
Released:Sep 30, 2014
File size:4.6MB
Old versions available
Version history available
8.3/10
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1.3.4533 (September 30, 2014)



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[r4533]
Fix huffyuv encoding crash.
Patch made by: SpOeK!

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Acronyms / Also Known As

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



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35 comments, Showing 1 to 35 comments

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.



Jul 29, 2014 Version: r3154 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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 !!




Jan 21, 2014 Version: 1.3.4513 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 6/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 5/10 Overall: 7/10



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



Jul 30, 2013 Version: 1.3.4515 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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...


Mar 28, 2012 Version: rev3029 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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!



Mar 28, 2012 Version: r4399 20120322 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



is no secret that ffdshow now support 10-bit video just wanna say thanks for keeping it up to date!!!


Mar 6, 2012 Version: r4342 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



I use this and rarely need to install much of anything else as far as codecs.

It has a lot of built-in filters for both video and audio and is very configurable.

The video filters can also be used in Virtualdub via the ffvdub plugin that can be selected during installation.

However, in recent betas, the ffvdub plugin is causing Virtualdub to crash. I used the ffvdub plugin filters for years with no problems, but the last several releases cause instant crashes. Rolling back several versions seems to fix it, so an ongoing bug seems to have been introduced at some point.



Sep 23, 2011 Version: r3984 20110922 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



This version fixes a problem with certain uncommon VC-1 streams (tested), and also should fix an issue in the deband filter that was introduced with the revision 3943 (not tested yet).


Aug 29, 2011 Version: r3978 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 9/10 Overall: 9/10



Can anyone can tell to the author that:

Please, don't remove the FLIP option from the context menu of FFDshow
It's very very very important function.

I'm using zoomplayer and powerpro together.
It's allow me to make it ONE key for flipping horizontally and vertically.
However, the access to Flip thru context menu is a prerequisite.

Many many many thanks to FFDShow Group.
It makes the world more wonderful!





Aug 6, 2010 Version: ffdshow_rev3517_20100731_clsid OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



It seems *more* bugs have been "invented" since the "DXVA support" was added some hundreds of version ago. Probably things will keep getting worse and worse... until the ffdshow developers decide to replace their informal "manager" (clsid) with someone less stubborn and less narrow-minded.


Jul 10, 2010 Version: r3426 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value: 8/10 Overall: 8/10



latest version has a bug . using bsplayer . it causes to crash the application bsplayer and ripbot264.don't know why. but when i remove it and install previous version 3171 . bsplayer function and ripbot264 does not hang when gathering info forever .



Jan 10, 2010 Version: 3190 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



The latest version have troubles with desync'ed subtitles when skipping forward or backward into the movie.


Nov 18, 2009 Version: 3130 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



This tool is awesome, I always update to the latest version as soon as I know it's out :).


Oct 8, 2009 Version: 20091006 OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



When encoding xvid to mkv(x264)using ffdshow as the xvid codecs in vista 64 causes the audio to gradually go out of sync,using the Xvid-1.2.2 keeps the audio in sync but it a bit of a pain to install on vista 64.


Jun 18, 2009 Version: 3008 OS: Vista 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



Xvid inside AVI's can have issues with VFW based programs such as Virtualdub and AVISynth, eg frames being returned out of order.

As at Feb 2009, the Packed Bitstream AVI "fix" for xvid-in-AVI problems ONLY works if you use the latest XVID codec and not ffdshow's xvid decoder.
http://forum.videohelp.com/topic363395-30.html#1942550
So, to use the "fix", always create/convert AVI with xvid content to "packed bitstream" and use the "real" xvid to decode instead of ffdshow. Unticking decoding xvid in ffdshow (both vfw and non-vfw) and installing the latest xvid makes the problem go away.



Feb 26, 2009 Version: 2719 OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



I went round and round before I found out that certain H.264 files require Haali Media Splitter installed in conjunction with ffdshow. Once that was done all worked great.


Feb 26, 2009 Version: rev2639_2009012 OS: WinXP Ease: 6/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



My Anti-virus software also picked up on a virus with version 2008-04-05. I think AVG Anti-virus (Registered Version) is pretty good with low false positives so I moved the .exe file to the Virus Vault and wiped it.

Apart from that this tool is very good when used with Media Player Classic. You can play near enough any media file type!

Thanks to the developers.



Apr 12, 2008 Version: 2008-04-05 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Be careful with the latest release, my antivirus software got quite 'mad' with it and i had to go through a full scan for an hour and a half or so. I guess open-source stuff comes with that...


Apr 12, 2008 Version: Latest OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



My only comment on this software is that I have Videohelp.com sende me an email whenver it is updated, and I sometimes get 2 or 3 emails a week. A lot of the changes are fairly trivial.


Nov 19, 2007 Version: vr1620 2007-11-18 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 9/10 Overall: 9/10



Gives me the best quality for the least CPU utilization when used for mpeg2. Highly recommended.


Nov 1, 2007 Version: 1548 OS: Win2K Ease: 6/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Wish there was support for Interlaced H.264 found on the MTS files from AVCHD camcorders from Sony and Pannasonic. That would give this a perfect 10 in my book.

All in all, very good S/W.........



Jan 10, 2007 Version: r756 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=173941
This is the download link listed on this page. SSE and SSE2 Builds are both available at this link.



Nov 10, 2006 Version: r514 OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



went to www.free-codecs.com - once there used to be an SSE2 version, but now only SSE etc ... not sure what the deal is nowadays.


Nov 9, 2006 Version: may8 OS: WinXP Ease: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Versions from 15 Nov 2005 now support video in Tmpgenc again although there are still some issues with audio in Tmpgenc. According to the developer (Milan Cutka) this has now also been fixed but so far there has been no release forthcoming with the audio fix.
Just disable ffdshow for mp3 decoding if you want to use Tmpgenc



Apr 11, 2006 Version: 20051115 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



These newer versions of ffdshow don't seem to work very well with tmpgenc.


Nov 6, 2005 Version: 20051103 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value: 3/10 Overall: 3/10



I have been ffdshow for about 3 years or more now. I use simply to convert DivX/XviD avi's to VCD/SVCD and DVD. Never had a problem with freezing or anything that others have commented on. Also there is a nice configuration tool to control the software, i dont mess with it too much, but its there if you need to. I like this much better than having to install seperately DivX 3 / 5 and XviD codecs.


Feb 8, 2005 Version: 20041012 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Excelent program, can do a lot. Was the only decoder in use, until discovered that the last version (20041012 or the version before, I'm not sure which was installed) have problem with some type of .avi (XviD made from camera shot). My computer simply restart or became instable. Checked with 3 movies of the same type and the result was the same. Uninstalled ffdshow and installed XviD codec (XviD 1.0.1 (05062004) version) and the movie was OK.
Anyway, the best decoding software I used ever and make a good team with VobSub (not sure if is really necessary VobSub, to lazzy to check).



Nov 14, 2004 Version: 20041012 OS: Win2K Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



I use it for 2 years on my 2 machines (XP Sp1 and 98SE). Extremely usefull to add permanent subtitles to AVI and VCD's.


Nov 3, 2004 Version: 10122004 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Maybe they read my comments and fixed the bugs. If they have then I take back what I said before.


Nov 3, 2004 Version: 20041012 Alpha OS: WinXP Ease: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value: 7/10 Overall: 7/10



Contrary to the other comment here, this FIXED all the problems I had with XP and TMPGEnc .."index scan" and various Directshow problems which led TMPGEnc to crash whenever Vobsub tried to load a sub...


Nov 3, 2004 Version: 20041012 OS: WinXP Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 9/10 Overall: 9/10



I have always been a fan of Ffdshow until now. I discovered through chance that all my Tmpgenc Xvid to Mpeg conversion errors e.g freezing, crashing etc while converting where being caused by this evil thing. I uninstalled it and used the proper Xvid/DivX codecs instead and magically my Tmpgenc conversions became error free. Don't use this if you convert Xvid/DivX to Mpeg using TMPGenc - you'll be pulling your hair out if you do.


Jul 2, 2004 Version: 2004 OS: WinXP Ease: 6/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value: 2/10 Overall: 2/10



Version 20040319 causes ASF, WMV and probably most other Windows Media Formats to play at sporadic speeds, especially if you try to seek through them. Reverted to the last version and this problem does not exist.

Been a pretty decent tool other than this most recent problem.



Mar 21, 2004 Version: 20040319 OS: WinXP Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



This is a cool decoder. Try it out, it allows you a large number of visual enhancements to your Xvid and similar video playback.


Mar 5, 2004 Version: 2004.02.25 OS: WinXP Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Highly configurable, has resizing & aspect correction, noise & sharpen filters, & much more. This is my choice for DivX (3,4, or 5) playback.


Aug 19, 2003 Version: Dec 11, 2002 OS: Win98 Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Great filter. It can play almost anything you would want. My version is from Dec. 02 so newer versions are probably available, but I have had no problems with it yet. It has so many post-proccessing options that it can be a little overwhelming if you want to try them and a little hard to test because the options don't take effect right away.


Jun 15, 2003 Version: 0.4.6 OS: WinME Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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