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Old 30th March 2003
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Default Do BSplayer install Codecs?

I have a lot of codecs installed on my computer.
I wonder.
Do the installation file for BSplayer install any codecs in addition to the program itself?
I don't want any of my codecs overwritten ;)
I have done that mistake before..

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I don't think it does!
well it didn't overwrite any of my codecs anyway!
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I confirm it does not install any codec.

If you are afraid of any possible mistake, choose the zip download and just extract bsrendv.dll and bplay.exe (and possibly some skins ;))
that should be enough ;)
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How do we make an autorun CD that contains a movie compressed with DivX5 work for friends or relatives that don't have a DIvX codec installed - and would be afraid to try a codec install (old Aunt Mazie, for instance)?

BSPlayer is GREAT for making autorun CD's - I just don't know how to do the above....

Thanks for any help you can give!!
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The true solution is to install BSPlayer and the codec on her PC by yourself. And then give her your DivXs with autorun.

It's the way I do now.

(But maybe not the answer you were looking for :? )
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I would if I could, but she lives half way around the world. I was hoping that there was some way that BPlay.exe could utilize a DivX codec that would be stored on the CD.

If I could find a good utility that could be included on the CD that would auto install and register the DivX5 codec without user intervention, that would be a great alternative. I use the DivX 5.01 "bundle" now, but it would scare poor old Aunty to death if she were suddenly presented with a "computer task". Lots of older people are "afraid" of computers, yet...

Having it's own "built in" DivX5 codec would really be an asset to BPlay.exe, actually...
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bsplayer can be used with no codec installation, with just the decoder files copied to the CD and a correct bspfilter.dat file (rename bspfilter.sam to bspfilter.dat)

I have never tried it myself, but here are a few links that may help you:

http://forum.bsplayer.org/viewtopic.php?t=1152

well okay, there's only one in fact...
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Ooops, that solution would do the 'ol Gal in. It requires manually adding some items inside the Registry..
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oops, didn't see that.

in fact my idea was to provide an example of how to use bspfilters.dat from the CD, but obviously it was a bad example...

note though that the registry additions are necessary only if you use ffdshow; if you use the original divx codec (meaning: the decoder part, I think the file is divxdec.ax in your \windows\system32 directory) no addition in the registry is required

(I'll stop here, because I don't really know how all of this is supposed to be used)
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[Marky]: BSPlayer is the best player. But IMO it's not for newbies. There are plenty of shortcuts and feature.
- What if she presses Mute inadvertently.
- What if overlay fails.
- if her OS is older than WinMe, what if DirectX7 is not installed (Do U know her PC?)
RU shure you could troubleshot remotly?

If you target movie CDs for your aunt, I suggest you to choose your smallest movie to make an Autorun, with a step by step installation process and even a :?: button, to explain what and how. It'll be easier if you already now her PC.

Don't know if it helps :?
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I built her computer and shipped it to her, so I have good knowledge of her system. It runs XP Pro (using NTFS file system for "bulletproofness").

I've burned a number of movies that use 2 and 3 CD's that use the auto run (".bsi files) that have worked perfectly for friends and relatives that are computer literate (read that - installed a DivX bundle). But the elderly aunt (age 72) I'm concerned about knows where the OFF/ON switch is and that's about it. I've sent her short family videos (not compressed) that autorun just fine for her; but for longer movies I need to compress using DivX. Hence the need to figure out a way to have BPlay.exe utilize an unregistered DivX codec somehow - if that's possible at all.

If it is possible, I could see where BPlay.exe would go to the "Head of the Video Viewer's" class by a huge margin. It's already a great viewer!!!
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