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video file not workingIt’s a miserable feeling when you’ve just spent hours downloading that video, by torrent, only for it to be a complete dud when you go to watch it. It’s been voted, starred, commented, and reviewed though, so it must work!  However, you could just be simply missing a codec that is preventing you from enjoying that media file.

It’s a regular practice for the developers of media players to include codecs bundled with the installation package. If you’re a fan of Media Player Classic, you probably know what I’m talking about. MPC and VLC are two of the most reliable tools for enjoying music and video, and you’ll rarely (if ever) run into a problem with them. However, missing codecs are still a problem for the rest of us. In this post, we’ll fix that problem.

CodecInstaller

CodecInstaller is by far the fastest and easiest way to handle your codecs on a Windows machine. If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly a codec is, Wikipedia describes it best:

A codec is a device or computer program capable of encoding or decoding a digital data stream or signal. A codec encodes a data stream or signal for transmission, storage or encryption, or decodes it for playback or editing. Codecs are used in videoconferencing, streaming media and video editing applications.

Codecs are basically what allow you and I to enjoy the most common types of media files. CodecInstaller is a great middleman to help manage them. CodecInstaller works on every version of Windows including and past 2000, and is dependent on Microsoft .NET Framework 2 (so you’ll need that installed).

During the installation process, be wary of the opt-out for the browser toolbar.

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Make sure you uncheck the checkbox if you’re not interested in this. It will be checked by default.

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The CodecInstaller interface couldn’t be any simpler.

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The top button, as it clearly states, will show you what codecs you currently have installed on your system. There are four different tabs which help you in filtering and otherwise browsing through the list.

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The Analyze File option is a very useful one. If you have a media file that is giving you trouble, run it through this. Aside from giving you a ton of information about the file, such as the size, length, and video and audio specifics, it will also tell you if all required codecs are installed.

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This last button is where you’ll navigate to if you’re looking to install the most common codecs. Clicking the Download button on any option will immediately bring up a page in your default browser where you can download the latest version of that specific codec. Allowing you to visit the website to download from rather than feeding you the direct download means that you’re very likely to always get the latest version of each respective codec, which is very important.

What do you guys think of CodecInstaller and the features that it provides? Do you know of an alternative source for downloading codecs? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Prasanth Mathialagan
    November 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

    ffdshow is also a codec installer..

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    How does it differ from KLite Mega codec pack?

    • Craig Snyder
      October 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

      The K-Lite Mega pack will, in 99% of situations, hook you up with practically every codec you'll ever need. If you want my honest opinion, you won't need CodecInstaller if you've already got that Mega package.

  3. Keith Swartz
    October 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Codecs is great to use! Never had any problems with it, yet... !

  4. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Should work like charm.

  5. Dawud Mehmood
    October 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    THANKS

  6. Myst Gunn
    October 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Added to my useful apps/software collection. :)

  7. Félix S. De Jesús
    October 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    K-Lite is the best... I will try this.

  8. salim benhouhou
    October 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    thank you Craig i will give it a try

  9. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    But still K-lite Mega codec pack is more awsome than this software. Just set and forget.

  10. Sam Kar
    October 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I always install K-lite Codec Full package, and keep it updated.

    Do u know how does CodecInstaller compare to K-lite codec?

    • Craig Snyder
      October 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

      K-Lite is a codec package, and one that you'll see often recommended. If you've got the Full or Mega package, you shouldn't need this application. K-Lite ought to take care of you.

  11. Dany Bouffard
    October 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I usually use CCCP Codec pack, they have a very good codec pack and you get Media Player Classic to play your files. And when all else fail I use VLC Media Player who has codecs integrated and usually with those 2 nothing I can't play yet.

  12. josemon maliakal
    October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    it's an awesome soft ....

  13. Ashwin Ramesh
    October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Cool ! Thanks for the info!

  14. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Awesome! This would be a good utility to have.

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Hey where did the share article buttons go?

      • susendeep dutta
        October 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

        If you zoom in you'll be able to see those sharing buttons below article and above comments.

        • Harish Jonnalagadda
          October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

          Yeah found it. Was using a browser with Adblock.

        • Alex Perkins
          October 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

          For me they're at the left.

        • susendeep dutta
          October 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

          If you zoom in more,then you can see those buttons above comments section.These sharing buttons gets auto adjusted as according to browser's zoom levels.

  15. Indronil Mondal
    October 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

    ok downloaded the cocecs and installed all now how do i use them to play media with wmp
    klite mega codec pack did the job more easily

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