what is codec??..(media playing context)

Discussion in 'Computer Forum' started by vini, May 19, 2006.

  1. vini

    vini Repeat Offender

    i got few cds for me having videos...but some vidz im not able to play as they ask for codec...

    now what on earth is codec?? and why some vidz are playing and some not(asking for codec)

  2. sixstringsin

    sixstringsin ||||||

    co dec (as per my vague understanding) is short form for coder decoder
    a codec is any technology for compressing and decompressing data
    ..my interpretation is that if some media file is stored (coded/compresses) in particular format say DAT or MPEG or AVI, then possibly the vdo players application does not have the capability to decode (interpret) that format

    ... then the player will ask for the codec for that particular format ( in the form of a plugin/update etc ...)
  3. CrYpTiC_angel

    CrYpTiC_angel Rebelle!

    get mplayer, it plays everything that i've come across :)
  4. Guitar boy

    Guitar boy New Member

    sixstringin is right.

    decompression should take place in same way around how it was compressed.
    compression/decompression makes use of algorithms, which define how compression/coding should happen.
    codecs are same.

    say you hve a video file, compressed to .bjr format(example). You should have a codec (algrothm/program) which can decode .bjr formats, to get your media player display the contents as streaming video.

    The media player package comes with some inbuild codecs. If it finds some strange format, for which it doesn't hv a codec, then it will ask for 'vini, codec pls'

    does it play chapathis? some philips drive used to play itseems., they used to advertise like that. plays anything.
  5. .:SpY_GaMe:.

    .:SpY_GaMe:. New Member

    use vlc it plays all the media stuffs

    or use jetaudio(it does not play some files though)
  6. vini

    vini Repeat Offender

    ummmm... :think:

    what do i need to make em play? just tell me that....ditch codec!


    nahi re..i have to make do only and only wid windows media player and winamp!
  7. .:SpY_GaMe:.

    .:SpY_GaMe:. New Member

    u need to download the required codecs
    look for them on the micosoft site or use google
  8. vini

    vini Repeat Offender

    ^ ok thanx

    let me google if i find it for download!!
    and if i do? what shud i do..just install it and thats about it? those vidz would start playing automatically?
  9. .:SpY_GaMe:.

    .:SpY_GaMe:. New Member

    do sth check this first
    its for media player
    go on tools>>>options>>player>>make sure the download codecs automatically thing is ticked coz i think that it usually should be looking for the req codec by itself
  10. ambush

    ambush _RASTA_man_

    you can download the K-lite codec pac
    it can play almost any thing
  11. sixstringsin

    sixstringsin ||||||

    ...exactly :)
  12. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    What crap!
    All ppl are suggesting things that can play ALMOST anything?


    For chapatis you need an external drive that reads it, Guitarboy, make one and I guarantee, mplayer can decode the info.
  13. CrYpTiC_angel

    CrYpTiC_angel Rebelle!

    hehe.. yeah.

    all hail MPLAYER!
  14. or u can use media player classic..that purana walla window player...
  15. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

  16. vini

    vini Repeat Offender

    ok guys//i got "xp codec pack 1.2.4" and installed..now all files running!!


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