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Topic # 114668 27-Feb-2013 07:45 Send private message

Microsoft has released a platform update that improves H.264 decoding:


This article describes a platform update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This update improves the features and performance of the following components:
  • Direct2D
  • DirectWrite
  • Direct3D
  • Windows Imaging Component (WIC)
  • Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP)
  • Windows Animation Manager (WAM)
  • XPS Document API
  • H.264 Video Decoder
  • JPEG XR codec



This is available via Windows Update or download in the link above.





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  Reply # 770861 27-Feb-2013 08:18 Send private message

Oh....do we know if it breaks anything?




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  Reply # 770870 27-Feb-2013 08:28 Send private message

Installed this morning and my HTPC still plays TV3...





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  Reply # 770873 27-Feb-2013 08:37 Send private message

freitasm: Installed this morning and my HTPC still plays TV3...



I might wait for a bit, since I use NextPVR rather than WMC - to make sure directshow etc isn't busted.





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  Reply # 771008 27-Feb-2013 12:12 Send private message

I have heard this

"seems to break vmr7 for me, [no picture anymore] and makes vmr9 [not custom or fse] mess up aspect ratio and video doesn't completely fill screen.."

So MediaPortal/NextPVR users may experience issues - or it could have been this one users problem




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  Reply # 775557 6-Mar-2013 11:04 Send private message

"seems to break vmr7 for me, [no picture anymore] and makes vmr9 [not custom or fse] mess up aspect ratio and video doesn't completely fill screen.."


You shouldn't be using VMR7/9 in Windows 7/8 because
1. It breaks hardware acceleration
2. It gives inferior picture quality vs EVR (actual difference may not be noticeable)

For XP, it is fine to use VMR7/9 as it is required for hardware acceleration




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  Reply # 776985 8-Mar-2013 16:31 Send private message

Users are also reporting no video for h264,

I installed this update and as you report the Microsoft H264 decoder no longer works.

This is for nextpvr which uses directshow.



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  Reply # 777033 8-Mar-2013 18:02 Send private message

Using Media Center with HDHomerun and all working fine. Also playing some H.264 content from other sources and no problems.




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  Reply # 777065 8-Mar-2013 19:57 Send private message

Yeah WMC I'd imagine is fine. Just external programs that use directshow that seems to be busted.




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