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Codec and filter testing – Sample video files.

I am gearing up to begin doing some updated codec/filter guides as I’ve been out of the loop for quite some time.  Aside from not having much time to fool with my setups due to real life commitments, I just wasn’t interested in doing it since I also liked writing about them.  Not having the site around squashed that outright.  Now that it’s back, I have at least some renewed interest in trying out what’s new.

While getting things together to start testing various codec configurations, I still run into my biggest nemesis – time.  Being crunched for time, I have to be able to test these configurations on various systems and in various places…primarily work.  Unfortunately, I can’t cart my media library to work with me, so I need to be able to test the configurations with as many video/audio formats as possible.  That is where I thought I had something I could share with you.  MPlayerHQ has a subdomain with literally hundreds of sample files so that you can easily test your codec configurations to your heart’s content.  Just about any combination of audio, video, container, subtitle, etc. you can think of is there.  The only issue with it, for me, is the organization of it it all, but it’s easy enough to find what you’re looking for I guess.  Anyway, I wanted to share the link to this place in hopes that it will give you a boost in testing your setups.

MPlayerHQ Media Samples Index

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  1. mrwebsmith says:

    this is a great post/guide to update… will you address audio/subtitle switching using either the updated mediacontrol or in an external app like mpc-hc?

    • Jon says:

      I’ll see what I can come up with as far as MediaControl goes…don’t think I’ll have the time to be able to change everything around enough to see it work in MPC-HC though. Always wanted to get MediaControl to work since it has some features I could actually use.

  2. Sinjen says:

    I’d definitely like to see an updated codec guide. Some seem to be getting away with a lot less 3rd party software these days. Maybe my constraint of having gpu acceleration work well is what causes me so much grief when I go to setup a new machine.

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