Media Support/Windows

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This page describes media support provided by LibreOffice on Microsoft Windows.

HINT: For a summary of supported media types, look at the tables on the Media Support/Summary page.

Tests

Extensive testing is the best way to verify media support. If we have any major regressions, we can document our testing here or in Bugzilla.

For the most part, the tables on the main Media Support page can reference the Wiki and Bugzilla. Let's try to use useful identifiers for each test table below so that we can easily link to tests from cells in those tables.

Image Support

Audio and Video Support

Background

On Windows, media support is provided through the DirectShow multimedia framework.

DirectShow default codec support

Adding support for an additional codec

Xiph DirectShow

DirectShow codecs for Xiph formats (Ogg, Speex, Vorbis, Opus, Theora, etc..) as well as WebM (Mkv, Vorbis, VP8) can be found in the Xiph DirectShow 'opencodecs' bundle:

ffdshow tryouts

There's a Free/Open Source Software DirectShow/Video-for-Windows codec

"ffdshow tryouts is a DirectShow and Video for Windows codec with
support for a wide range of audio and video formats, such as
Xvid, DivX, and H.264. It includes a powerful filter set that can
enhance the video quality - with filters for resizing,
deinterlacing, and displaying subtitles - as well as audio
quality through normalization, down-/upmixing, and resampling."

K-Lite Codec Pack

There's also a codec pack that has been recommended on the answers.microsoft.com site.

  • Note: These codecs are freeware, but not necessarily Free/Open Source Software
  • Some people have reported that this codec pack does not work for them (Jay [laptop] and his friend Ibrahim [desktop] on Windows 7 64-bit with LibreOffice 4.3)
  • K-Lite Codec Pack