How can I tell which codecs are installed on my computer?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by acton, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. acton

    acton Guest

    Is there a way to tell what codecs are installed on my computer? Maybe a
    command-line program I can run ... or a small freeware app?

    I'm running WinXP Home.

    acton, Aug 30, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    GSpot can approximately do this.

    GSpot: <>

    Samuel Paik, Aug 31, 2003
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  3. Hello,

    forgive my ignorance but where to find out codecs? I am lost
    in all that information...
    Roman Svihorik, Sep 1, 2003
  4. Charles Jacoboni, Sep 1, 2003
  5. acton

    MD Vid Guest

    Try codec-sniper, as part of the Tsunami filter pack. If you are a
    beginner, be careful about installing all of the available codecs, and just
    install codec sniper. It will provide a listing of all of the installed
    codecs on your computer. It's complete, and gives you a snap shot of all
    codecs, rather than reviewing the codecs used in each individual video file,
    as Gspot does. (Gspot is a great application, just wasn't designed for this

    MD Vid, Sep 2, 2003
  6. acton

    Samuel Paik Guest

    This of course, only shows the Video for Windows codecs, and none of the
    DirectShow codecs.
    Samuel Paik, Sep 3, 2003
  7. acton

    Myles Guest

    DirectShow codecs=?

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    Myles, Sep 3, 2003
  8. acton

    Dean Richard Guest


    Do you (or anyone else reading this) know how to see the list of DShow codecs?


    Dean Richard, Sep 3, 2003
  9. acton

    Dean Richard Guest

    Hi Sam,

    Oops, I posted my question after only reading the latest message.
    After reading the whole thread I saw your post about GSpot.

    Dean Richard, Sep 3, 2003
  10. acton

    Samuel Paik Guest

    Microsoft has two different multimedia/video frameworks on Windows.
    Video for Windows is the old one, dating back to before Windows 95.
    DirectShow is the new one, first introduced about 1996 or 1997
    originally as ActiveMovie, but later incorporated into DirectX.
    The current Windows Media Player is a DirectShow application.

    Video for Windows codecs can be used inside of DirectShow, but not
    vice versa.

    Samuel Paik, Sep 4, 2003
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    Myles Guest

    Thanks for this Sam. Codecs have always been a bit of a mystery to me!


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    Myles, Sep 4, 2003
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