How to install a custom Comskip and get additional INI files


(Administrator) #1

Starting version 2.4.8 MCEBuddy now includes a hardware acceleration version of Comskip which supports additional file formats.

Also Check out the Channel / Country specific Comskip INI’s created by our community users here

These instructions apply if you want to use an alternative version of Comskip.

Please continue to support the Comskip team for their work at

These instructions apply to the Premium Access version of MCEBuddy. Use the following procedure to setup MCEBuddy to use an alternative version Comskip:


  1. Extract ALL the Comskip files (including .INI and all other files) from the Comskip zip archive into a directory (e.g. C:\Comskip)
  2. Open MCEBuddy Settings -> General Settings -> System Settings
  3. Click on the next to Comskip path
  4. Select the comskip.exe from your Comskip directory e.g. C:\Comskip\comskip.exe
  5. Click Ok

NOTE: If you don’t extract ALL the files comskip will not work. It needs all the files included in the zip archive.

It is preferable to follow OPTION 1 instructions, these settings will be preserved/carried over when you upgrade or reinstall MCEBuddy


Alternative you can extract all the files from the Comskip zip archive to the MCEBuddy Installation directory into the Comskip folder (replace all the files).

NOTE: With this option, when you upgrade MCEBuddy or reinstall MCEBuddy it will overwrite this folder with the default free version of bundled Comskip.

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(Administrator) #2


How can you tell if comskip is using Hardware acceleration. I have both MCEbuddy 2.4.8 and comskip82_003_donators i have enabled HW acc in the comskip.ini. I see no difference setting hardware_decode=0 or hardware_decode=1 in time usage and GPU-z does not show any activity on my Geforce 1070 card during comskip. But the re-encoding through MCEbuddy and FFmpeg runs fine using the h264_nvenc encoder.

(RBoy) #4

Depends on many factors. Most importantly if your source video is not h.264 likely your performance gain will be negligible that you may not notice it.

To really tell you shouldn’t increase the Logging level of Comskip and see if it’s using hardware decoding.