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How Do I Download Free Windows Media® Player Codecs

February 06, 2013

often used free codecs for Windows Media® Player

The number of new video formats is growing along with higher video quality. For users of Windows Media® Player, which is the default media software installed in the Windows® operating system, the latest version can play almost all file formats. Some of the older formats are not able to carry full HD format resolutions, 3D formats or high definition audio tracks and you may need to install additional codecs packs to handle them.

In the list below are tips on often used free codecs for Windows Media® Player and where you can go to download and install them.

List of free Windows Media® Player codecs:

  1. Media Player Codec Pack©
    The Media Player Codec Pack© is designed for Windows Media® Player and supports almost every compression and file type used by modern video and audio files.
  2. K-Lite Codec Pack©
    The K-Lite Codec Pack© is a collection of DirectShow® filters, VFW/ACM codecs and tools. Codecs and DirectShow® filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack© is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.
  3. FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder©
    FFDShow is a DirectShow® decoding filter for decompressing DivX, XviD, H.264, FLV1, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 movies. It uses libavcodec from the ffmpeg project for video decompression, post-processing code from MPlayer to enhance visual quality of low bitrate movies and is based on original DirectShow® filter from XviD, which is a GPL educational implementation of MPEG-4 encoder.
  4. Cinepak Codec
    Cinepak was the primary video codec of early versions of QuickTime® and Microsoft® Video for Windows®, but was later superseded by Sorenson Video®, Intel® Indeo, and most recently MPEG-4 and H.264. However, movies compressed with Cinepak© are generally still playable in most media players (including the Microsoft® Windows Media® Player).
  5. GSpot©
    This little app let's you see what codecs a video file is using and can tell you if you have the codec needed to play it. Features include the ability to establish what video codecs (audio and video) are required to play an AVI file, determine whether these codecs are installed on your system and isolate problems associated with these codecs.


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