How do I find what codecs a file requires and what codecs I have installed?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Ed, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Ed

    Ed Guest

    I've got some AVI files that I can't play, I think because I don't have a
    codec installed that they need, even though WMP doesn't report a missing
    codec or attempt to auto download one. Is there some way I can find out
    exactly what codecs I have installed and also what codecs a particular video
    file requires?

    Thanks in advance.
    Ed, Dec 4, 2004
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  2. Ed

    Guest Guest

    Try GSpot.

    WMP only does the codecs for its *own* codecs. It wont download other
    codecs or tell you what you need.

    AVI is just a container file that can be used with any codec. There are
    probably a hundred different possible video codecs, and perhaps 25 different
    audio codecs that could be used.

    Fortunately most of them aren't common.

    A few things you might encounter...

    Intel's i263, Indeo 5 (which are not free anymore), Divx 3, Divx 4/5, xVid,
    plus the usual assortment of standard codecs.

    Incidentally, if it is indeo, you are likely to have a problem.... That's
    in the first version of XP but not in the later ones. Intel used to
    distribute it for free, but they sold it and it's no longer free. You can
    still find a few old copies floating around though. The newer Indeo 5 can
    be hard to find, though.

    I would strongly avoid using any of the warez codec packs that claim to add
    a bunch of common codecs onto your system. You don't really know what you
    are getting. It could be trojans, etc. Or it could be legit but they just
    screwed up the installation and causing problems for other programs.
    Guest, Dec 4, 2004
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  3. You can use AviCodec, found here:

    It will show you both which codecs the selected avi is using and which
    codecs you have installed.

    // Anders
    Anders Eriksson, Dec 14, 2004
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    Mike M. Guest

    Mike M., Dec 14, 2004
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