Videos are available these days in several formats. One of the formats that’s getting popular today is the .mkv format. That’s because movies compressed in this container is much smaller in size without compromising much with the quality.
Though VLC media player is considered as one of the best players since it’s able to play most of the files, however depending on it for every format is not smart, because though it might be able to play the file, it won’t play it at optimum quality. Moreover, personally, I don’t like the look and feel of VLC player and so I don’t prefer much to watch movies on it.
There is nothing better if you can somehow play each and every format in your very own reliable Windows Media Player. Well, you sure can…and that’s possible with the help of a little plug-in ‘KLite Codec Pack’. KLite is a free software package that has to be installed on your PC to help WMP play files like .mkv ,.rmvb ,.rm etc. Also if you download the ‘ultimate’ package you will realize that you have an option to install Media Player classic too
There are four variants of the K-Lite Codec Pack:
The basic variant contains everything you need to play all the common video file formats. Such as AVI, MKV, MP4, OGM, and FLV. This pack is for those who like a small no-nonsense pack.
The standard variant contains some additional features compared to the basic variant. It contains Media Player Classic, which is an excellent player for video files. It also has (better) support for playback of DVDs. This pack is recommended for the average user.
The full variant has many additional features. It supports playback of several (lossless) audio formats. It contains VFW/ACM codecs that can be used for encoding. It has playback support for a few legacy audio and video formats. This package is suitable for power users.
The mega variant has almost the same contents as the full variant, but additionally contains some extra DirectShow filters and VFW/ACM codecs.
- Ability to have complete control on the audio/video filters
- Includes ‘Media Player Classic’
- Ability to play .mkv,.rm,.rmvb and other several popular formats on Windows Media Player itself
- Includes ‘VobSob’ – gives subtitle viewing ability
- An advanced option also includes ‘showing thumbnails for media files’ which is also cool.
- Extremely small package with easy simple installation
Personally, I would recommend my readers here, looking out for new codec packs, to try out KLite once. Am sure, you wont be dejected with the ample features it provides.
If you do download and try it out, don’t forget to share your valuable experience here