mkv / h264 in Windows 7 Media Center

If you’re reading this it probably means you’re having issues with high def h264 content in WMC7 displaying properly. My experience with using the built-in codec was rather odd… some videos would play fine, some would play but have horrible blocky glitches / artifacts appearing every so often.

I use the Shark007 codec pack. It’s an easy, no fuss, powerful yet minimalistic approach to managing the codecs on your win7 box. I’d tried a few combinations to no avail, until I learnt that it usually takes a registry edit to force Media Centre to stop using its built in codecs and start using the additional/alternative codecs supplied in the Shark007 package. I even got my set up working perfectly in Windows Media Player, but WMC insisted on using its own!

Thankfully the Shark007 package has a special tickbox that makes disabling WMC’s own codec easy:

Tick that box called “Disable the DivX Media Foundation splitter” 🙂

Here’s my H264 tab for the record:

Not using WMC’s built in decoder now also means that AC3Filter gets used for the audio. A few clicks of the AC3 configuration now means that I can watch bluray rips with proper 5.1 surround sound 😀

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