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Configuring your system for Media Playback v1.20

This guide will show you how to configure your system to best support the ever growing number of Media file formats and compression types. The guide is based around playback using Zoom Player and requires several free and commercial components for maximum performance. This guide assumes you are installing on a clean system. If you are not, you may want to uninstall any and all "codec-packs" you previously installed and may want to carefully read the Merit section or even the Last Resort section.

Any text referring to the Zoom Player Options dialog is referring to the Advanced Options Dialog.

Technical Lead-in:
Not all of the components (DirectShow Filters) that are listed in this guide contain an installer. Some of them are just an archive file (usually in the ZIP or RAR formats) containing either a ".AX" or ".DLL" file within the archive. To install these, you need to extract the archive into any directory (creating a directory called "Filters" under "C:\Program Files" is convenient). Once extracted, you need to register the filter with the system. This is done through a Microsoft program called "REGSVR32.EXE" which is shipped with every version of windows.

For example, after extracting "newfilter.ax" into "C:\Program Files\Filters\", you would use the Start button "Run" command and enter the following line (including quotes):
regsvr32.exe "c:\program files\filters\newfilter.ax"

A dialog box should pop up saying "DLLRegisterServer in newfilter.ax succeeded", indicating that the filter is now registered with the system.