Because Media Player doesn’t support all media types, you have to install a codec, sometimes more than just one. For Windows 7, I often use a codec pack from Shark007. When now they they have released a codec back for Windows 8!
This is what they said:
The following filetypes are enabled and SUPPORTED by the installation of the Windows 8 Codecs:
amr | mpc | ofr | divx | mka | ape | flac | evo | flv | m4b |mkv | ogg | ogv | ogm | rmvb | xvid
All of the above filetypes can be queued to the Windows Media Player Playlist using a right-click.
Things the Shark pack does that other packs cannot do . . .
1. Full color thumbnails including FLV’s and 10bit MKV’s
(also allows users to select at what point by percentage to grab the thumbnail)
2. Enable the Preview Pane for ALL newly enabled filetypes such as MKV and FLV.
3. Explorer properties are displayed for non native filetypes such as MKV and FLV
4. Updated often – and has update notification builtin
5. Allow use of the PDVD12 decoders for 32bit LiveTV
6. Supports the use of Xbox360 as Extenders to playback MKV files
7. Allows singleclick setup of Bitstreamed Audio
8. Support playback of MOD audio files and M4A files containing ALAC
9. Supports playlist creation for use in Media Center
10. Allow users to Enable/Disable codecs installed on their system
11. Functionality such as Win7DSFilterTweaker builtin.
12. Support ‘Add to Windows Media Player List’ using rightclick on all files such as MKV.
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