So after reading some good reviews about PotPlayer, I decided to try out. After all, it was even touted as being very close to VLC as far as the mountain of different formats it could play. I downloaded it and installed it.
Verdict? The very FIRST file I threw at it ... Abort Abort. Red Alert! There went the error message informing me that it needed this AAC codec to play the file. It was an m4a file ... a file VLC has no problem playing. Attempting to play some MP4s also gave me the same message of needing that AAC codec. Underwhelming. I think about the only thing it could play were MP3s and maybe a straggler FLV that I still had laying around.
Anyway, I believe I saw a button that is supposed to search for the AAC codec. Nnnnggg, I never feel comfortable about those types of searches. I never know what the source is. So, I held off on letting it search for that AAC codec.
Now a while ago I noticed that on the PotPlayer download page, there is an OpenCodec Modules plugin link. Would downloading that do the trick? Would that safely search for and install the AAC codec being called for to be able to play all those currently unplayable files? Is that link just a stub installer? I believe it's just a little over 800 KBytes. If so, about what size would the actual download be? If it IS the AAC codec that it downloads, does that get installed somewhere in the PotPlayer app's folders in my Flash Drive ... or in my desktop computer's Windows XP?