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Decoder availability with Media Center Pack?

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  • If a user installs the "Media Center Pack", will the new decoders (MPEG1/2, DTS) be available in Metro Apps as well? These are official Microsoft codecs, it would make sense to make them available for apps, just like the "stock" codecs.

    I am especially interested in the DTS decoder.

    Monday, November 26, 2012 11:42 AM

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  • Hello,

    At this time due to various restrictions we are not supporting the use of our MPEG1 & 2 codecs from the context of a Windows Store app. Keep in mind that the MPEG1 & 2 codecs will not be available on Windows RT devices. Because of this you should license the MPEG codecs yourself and ship them with your app for compatibility across the full Windows ecosystem. Also keep in mind that we currently do support Dolby Digital (non-disc) and Dolby Digital Plus (non-disc) out of the box in Windows 8.

    I hope this helps,

    James 


    Windows SDK Technologies - Microsoft Developer Services - http://blogs.msdn.com/mediasdkstuff/

    Monday, November 26, 2012 10:28 PM
    Moderator

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  • Hello,

    At this time due to various restrictions we are not supporting the use of our MPEG1 & 2 codecs from the context of a Windows Store app. Keep in mind that the MPEG1 & 2 codecs will not be available on Windows RT devices. Because of this you should license the MPEG codecs yourself and ship them with your app for compatibility across the full Windows ecosystem. Also keep in mind that we currently do support Dolby Digital (non-disc) and Dolby Digital Plus (non-disc) out of the box in Windows 8.

    I hope this helps,

    James 


    Windows SDK Technologies - Microsoft Developer Services - http://blogs.msdn.com/mediasdkstuff/

    Monday, November 26, 2012 10:28 PM
    Moderator
  • Also keep in mind that we currently do support Dolby Digital (non-disc) and Dolby Digital Plus (non-disc) out of the box in Windows 8.

    I hope this helps,

    James 


    Hello James, 

    Does it mean that application developer can use Dolby Digital and Plus codec without paying Dolby separately?

    From this link:

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2997744/windows-8-dolby-digital-plus-5-1-channel-surround-sound-announcement

    It looks like a separate fee is required to use Dolby codec. Could you please clarify a bit?

    Thanks,

     

    Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:01 PM
  • Hi Yiyiaya, 

    Yes you can use Dolby encoder and decoder as is shipped in WinRT without a fee.

    Also a good thing to note is that Dolby is included in the Windows Azure Media encoding solution by MSFT. This was presented at the Build2012 conference recently.

    Regards,

    Simon.

    Thursday, January 03, 2013 4:46 PM