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. Windows comes pre-installed with media support for a few common audio and video codecs and their container formats like mp3, wav, wma, avi, and mpg, while additional codec and container support requires users to install codec bundles. If a codec or container is not supported, a user will get a "The format of the selected file is not supported." error message dialog.

Adding support for an additional codec

The K-Lite Codec Pack Basic contains most of the codecs and container format support that users will need and is regularly updated. K-Lite Codec Pack bundles the LAV Filters, which is based on the libavformat and libavcodec libraries from the ffmpeg project, which provides most of the media support.
Note: These codecs are freeware, but not necessarily Free/Open Source Software

Xiph released the OpenCodecs bundle for open source formats like flac, vorbis, theora, vp8 and its various containers (ogg, ogm, WebM).
Note: Hasnt been updated since 2011 and its codecs are as good as the ones in K-Lite