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Play Movies In Rar Archives Without Unpacking

If you regularly download movies packed in rar archives you might like the idea of playing those movies directly without having to unpack the rar archives first. A few specialized video players exist that can play the movies in rar archives automatically but it is generally not a widely supported feature.

Rar File Source is a Direct Show Filter that adds system wide support for playing movies in rar archives. The only restriction is that it can only play movies in uncompressed rar archives. This is usually the case as it does not make sense to compress movies due to limited space gain and time constraints.

The Direct Show Filter will display a small menu if a rar archive contains more than one video file so that the user can select the one that he would like to play. The different parts of the rar archive (of the rar archive is divided) have to reside in the same directory so that the tool can access them.

The only other requirement for Rar File Source is the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package which has to be installed on the computer system. The download link is available on the program's homepage.





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    Comments

    1. iampriteshdesai said on February 1, 2009 at 5:15 pm
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      VLC can play RAR movies directly… no need to use these turd software.
      I thought you’d know this Martin

    2. Simakuutio said on February 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm
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      KMPlayer (http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/) is capable to play videos from .rar archives… (as well as this VLC which was mentioned earlier).

      So nothing new and fance here…

    3. garbanzo said on February 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm
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      Dziobas Rar Player is another player that does the same thing, but it’s GPL (based on MPlayer) and portable.

      also only plays out of uncompressed RARs that don’t have passwords.

      it’s good for previewing videos that are split into multiple RARs – just download the first part and watch it with this to see if it’s worth downloading all the rest :)

    4. Mike said on February 1, 2009 at 8:05 pm
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      I hope this leads to better quality web players. But I didn’t know VLC could play rars ^^

    5. Umar said on February 2, 2009 at 3:23 am
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      VLC FTW

    6. Lance said on February 2, 2009 at 6:36 am
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      KMPlayer ftw!

    7. DJ MyRinX said on February 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm
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      Rar’s, iso’s…. VLC FTW! ;)

    8. SQrL said on February 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm
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      Rars or not, Media Player Classic is still the best player around!

    9. lting77 said on February 3, 2009 at 1:43 am
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      what’s the best way to play x264 mkv files?
      i’ve tried using mpc w/ coreavc codec but i get a black screen
      (i’m running a quad core (q6600) w/ 4 gig ram
      and nvidia 8800gt)

      thanks in advance

    10. Anonymous said on February 19, 2009 at 9:27 am
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      what kind of vlc player your using if it plays .r01 and so on files

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