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A DirectShow and Video for Windows codec (VFW)

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ffdshow is an advanced DirectShow filter and Video for Windows codec (VFW) codec that supports many audio and video formats. For example: H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.263, VP3, VP6, Theora, MJPEG, SVQ3, MP3, AC3, DTS, E-AC3, AAC, and Vorbis.

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    Here's my problem: sd mpeg2 video (interlaced content) playback with yadif 2x fps enabled has an issue: somewhere between the second half and bottom of the screen, there's a horizontal line which is quite annoying, especially on fast-moving scenes. I tried everything on two different laptops (lenovo g 50-70 and a 5000 series dell).. most likely it's a software issue, combined with the newer generations of intel hd graphics. And I also found something: under the output tab, there's that option called "set interlaced flag in output media type"and if man rolls the mouse over it, that's what it says: "enabling ffdshow internal deinterlacing will automatically disable this option to avoid video being deinterlaced twice." But for me it seems like that's the cause of that horizontal line appearing, looks to me like that option gets 'in behind' enabled when I enable yadif 2x. Can somebody look into this please? or is there another option I didn't know about? Otherwise, great decoding tool :)

    Posted 09/11/2016
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    After pulling my hair out trying to get a game to work, this software did the trick.(was missing a codec)

    Posted 08/25/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    FFDshow has been a stable, clean, and *fast* codec library for many years. No tricks. No adverts. Just *great* codecs.

    Posted 11/22/2014
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    The best small one-off codec pack that I've been using more than 10 years!

    Posted 09/24/2014
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    FFDShow is an amazing pack and I recommend it to anyone willing to put an end to codec hell: Klite, CCCP, Xiph ORG Open Codecs and similar monstrous packs. It revived my Winamp. Now my Winamp plays everything with this fresh library instead of its outdated built-in codecs. It's a blessing. Winamp now is all I need. Life is getting simple and easy for me. It only took me a day to learn about codecs, splitters, merits, formats and libraries, then I adjusted this FFDShow pack to play everything played on my PC. Now the sound is clear and any video just plays. Remember to use ffmpeg or some other deinterlacing after first running the FFDShow with any video. Otherwise you'll see ugly lines all over the video, especially when it's fast action.

    Posted 08/28/2014
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Developers, End Users/Desktop

Programming Language

C++, Assembly, C



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