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How to download codec

How to download codec?

You’re here because you want to download a media “codec” for your player because your player refused to play your media files without this codec.

Download codec? Or player

“Codec” is technical jargon that most users wouldn’t be familiar with, or know how to handle.

So how did codec come to be recognized as a well known term? Back in the early era of media playback, very smart engineers developed many media formats while trying to solve a difficult problem: How to provide users’ audio/video files with good quality while at the same time compacting file size.

Most of those media formats, such as AVI, MP3, DIVX and WMV employed a few data compressing technologies in order for the audio/video data to be compressed (encoded) into a smaller hard-disk file, and de-compress (decode) the file back into original media data layout during playback.

Those encoding/decoding processes have been packed into separate software modules, called encoders and decoders. Marketing types hated to hear and promote those hacker-like words, and they developed a new term, “codec” specifically for general users. Since most users just need to concern themselves with decoders, the single term “codec” often-time implied a decoder used for the media players to de-compress audio and video.

New way to handle codecs

Codec processing is all about technique. This say in age, as a media player’s end user, you don’t want to deal with constant codec issues with many different media formats. This is particularly true because modern hardware performs far better than ever before. Therefore, people have much higher expectations than in the “good old days.”

Many thanks to the folks of the FFmpeg Project, which maintains and continually updates a vast library which can be used as audio/video decoding. By harnessing the power of FFmpeg, a media player is now able to handle almost all the media formats you could ever have a chance to encounter, seamlessly, so you don’t have to deal with “codecs” any more.

How a modern media player handles “codecs”

Ace Media Player uses FFmpeg for audio and video decoding. That means Ace Media Player is able to handle many different media format using one single “codec,” without you even being aware of it. You’ll never find yourself reading this page again!

Each new Ace Media Player release integrates the latest FFmpeg library into its installer. By downloading and installing this small stand-alone program (3-4M in size), your system instantly has the ability to handle virtually all media formats from around the world, with specific and updated “codecs” built-in. As needed over time, the auto-update system will help you update to the latest Ace Media Player version in just a few mouse clicks, and you download the latest codecs automatically during this process.

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If this all makes sense to you, go ahead and see for yourself:

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