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Check Missing Video Codecs Using CodecInstaller


Check Missing Video Codecs Using CodecInstaller

One of the most common issue we face while playing videos in the PC is codec missing error. Sometimes its annoying to search the internet and find out which codec is missing and then install it. CodecInstaller is a free utility which checks the system and tells us which codecs are missing and needs to be installed for the program to run.

CodecInstaller is a Windows program that detects the Audio and Video codecs installed on your system, analyzes files to understand which codecs they require and suggests you to install them.


This program can be used to analyze files: it supports avi, mpeg, wmv, wma, ogg, flac, mpc, mp3, mp4, wav, wx and will show technical data such as width/height and ratio, length, video codec, framerate, size, bitrate, total frames, quality factor and metadata such as title, album, year (if available).

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After analysis it suggests safe, reliable download sources for the codecs. CodecInstaller can also be used to distribute video files on a CD, to make sure that who ever uses the CD will have all the necessary codecs installed.

CodecInstaller is a good utility to check and install all the necessary codecs. In case you want to install all codecs, then try the K-Lite Codec Pack.

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  2. Shiva

    November 22, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    I have experienced such error messages myself many times with different audio formats, thank god finally got a solution to this issue. Thanx Nirmal.

  3. Sumesh

    November 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    I usually install a codec pack, which covers most of the commonly used codecs- both audio and video. Only problem is the unnecessary bloat, but better than hunting codecs online in crunch time 😉

  4. Haris

    November 22, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for this great tool, Nirmal. I’ve been using K-Lite Codec Pack since 2006, and I haven’t experienced any codec problems until now 🙂

  5. Keith Dsouza

    November 23, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Nice find, I use something called GSpot which tells me what codec a particular audio and video file is using.

  6. Brown Baron

    November 23, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Sounds good to me. I’ll try it out. Thanks buddy.

  7. Innovations & interesting Ramblings

    November 23, 2007 at 9:46 am

    hmm good find…

  8. Ashwin

    November 23, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Does it play HD files also with issue?

    If you don’t want to have head aches with the codes, then go for VLC Player. It plays almost everything.

  9. Ashwin

    November 23, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Typo there… I meant “WITHOUT issue”.

  10. nirmaltv

    November 23, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Codec pack usually covers all the codecs required.

    This is not a player actually, it searches for the missing codecs and tells us where to download it.

  11. ram

    November 23, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Looks like Useful tool, i will try this


    November 23, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Nice Find

  13. Ashwin

    November 24, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Hehehe… big typo again.. I meant, does it detect and tell you about the codecs required for HD stuffs?

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  15. Jalaj

    November 26, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I did love to have “K-Lite Codec Pack”… thanks for pointing it out. I will search for it on Google.

  16. nirmaltv

    November 26, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for letting me know abt the error, I have corrected the link. Pls check back.

  17. nirmaltv

    November 26, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    I’m not sure abt HD stuffs, may be you can try it.

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  19. ac3

    July 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    So helpful tool, if you don’t want install K-Lite Codec Pack. I have installed K-Lite, but anyway want to try it. Thanks.

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