#Kaizoku-Fansubs Codecs Page
Our older episodes were all released as AVI format, with video encoded in XviD.
The XviD codec can be downloaded here: XviD 2004-12-20
or get the latest version from the official development site: Koepi's XviD Development Site
MP4 is a new video format, which behaves in ways similar to AVI. It has several features which are very useful to the people creating the file which AVI does not.
All of our MP4 episodes will be encoded in X264, a new video codec which gives much higher quality for the same file size (or, if you like, the same quality for a smaller file size).
To decode our MP4/X264, we recommend either a combination of ffdshow and the Haali splitter, or installing the Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP). These are the decoders which are developed the fastest, and will keep pace with advancing technology the best. It should be noted that CCCP includes both ffdshow and the Haali splitter, and installing both separately will take up less disk space.
An important note, when configuring ffdshow, the only option you have to leave checked is:
[X] H.264, X264
The other one you should consider leaving checked is this one on the audio codecs:
See the Audio section below for more information on this.
You may leave the other ones checked, at your discretion. They will not affect how ffdshow handles X264.
Here are our locally hosted versions of ffdshow and the Haali splitter:
Here are their official sites, if you want to download the latest versions:
Haali Media Splitter Site
Here is the official to the CCCP Project, which includes an extensive troubleshooting guide:
MP3 audio is very simple to play and is supported on almost all operating systems. If you lack an MP3 decoder, you can use ffdshow from above or install Winamp. This audio was used in our older releases, and has since been replaced with a higher quality codec.
AAC is our current audio codec. ffdshow is able to decode AAC audio, so if you are going to be using ffdshow, we recommend that. See the ffdshow links above.
One alternative is the CoreAAC decoder. When you download this, place all the files in the final folder you want them to be in before installing (i.e., do not put them on the Desktop)(for example, C:\Program Files\CoreAAC\). To install, double click on register_release.bat.
Here is our local stored copy: CoreAAC 1.0b9
Here is the official development site (which does not have installers): CoreCodec's CoreAAC Page
Here is the site which releases installers: RareWares AAC Page (scroll down to "The CoreAAC directshow filter")
Mac and Unix Users
Unfortunately, most of the sotware linked on this page is developed for Windows exclusively. For now, the only known and tested way to play our episodes on non-Windows systems is to use VLC.
Unix users, mplayer is able to decode the video and play the sound, but it does not recognize the sound format, and may play crackled audio. There is nothing we can do for it. You must wait for mplayer development to catch up.
VLC is a special media player that relies on its own internal codecs to decode video, which has its advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, the user does not have to install codecs, and the player may be faster. On the negative side, the internal codecs may not be able to keep pace with features introduced in newer versions of the external codecs.
VLC is known to successfully decode most our episodes, but it has been reported to crash occassionally and result in lower performance than ffdshow's decoder. It is not our primary recommendation, but as the saying goes, "Whatever works."
This is the link to VLC's official site. Find your operating system and install to play our episodes: VideoLan.org's VLC Media Player