Wednesday, June 27, 2007

CCCP: Combined Community Codec Pack

A few of my friends keep on asking me about where they can get a good free and easy to install package of video codecs so they can play the various types of digital video formats going on on the web nowadays.

Apart from having a somewhat "different than usual" yet charming graphic design The CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) is a DirectShow filter pack specifically built for playing anime but it actually contains most video codecs most users need. It has been assembled by some of the most knowledgeable people in online anime distribution, and one of the primary design goals is to play as much as possible with as little as possible. The CCCP attempts to be as unintrusive on your system as possible. I used it and I can say its true.

Installation Instructions
  1. Download the package for Windows users here or go to the homepage at
  2. If you know for certain that you do not have any other codec packs currently installed Install the CCCP. Be sure the Reset all settings option (at the end of the installation) is checked. If you are interested in changing the default settings, read the FAQ's and other documentation below.
  3. Watch anime and be happy. Or if it still doesn't work, read the Troubleshooting Guide. THEN watch anime and be happy.
If you are unsure if you have other codec packs installed go to this page to read about a special software they offer for such purpose which identifys and helps you manage existing codecs (CCCP Insurgent, latest version from 2007-01-01).


  1. then again you can save the whole headache and use mplayer....

  2. Thanks for your comment and yes, thats correct... mplayer is a real amazing piece of software for playing video (My HTPC runs mplayer). however, mplayer requires some understanding in scripting configurations etc. far more than most users can handle. Those friends i wrote about really exist and I don't think they'll be able to use mplayer properly. maybe I'll write about how "simple people" can use mplayer sometimes. but first i need to figure it out myself... :)


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