What are the best codec packs?

asked by Artem Schovajenski
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    #1K-Lite Codec Pack

    K-Lite Codec Pack

    The K-Lite Codec Pack is one of the most popular codec pack available in the market for various reasons: it counts with a great user-friendly interface for installation and its huge catalog of codec is regularly updated. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Nicholas Russell
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "Out of all the four variants of the k-lite codec packs, this is the best codec pack that will be enough for most users. It's available for Windows 7 through 10 and supports all current popular audio and video formats in the market today."
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    #2Windows Codec Installation Package

    Windows Codec Installation Package

    Windows offers this package to the users, that can be used as an alternative to automatically downloading Windows Media Codecs and for correct problems experienced with previous codecs. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Matthew Hopkins
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "This codec pack is really meant for older versions of windows and for enterprise/administration requirements and applications with the assumption that you use Windows' built-in media player. If you fall on either one of these types of users, you'll be glad to know that this will help you play the majority of file formats circulating in the market today."
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    #3K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is a freeware for Windows operating systems that contains codecs for media files. It was developed by K-Lite Codec and is downloaded 643,302 times already and counting. The file is 52.8 megabytes in size.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Ye Wu
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "If you're one of those users who just want to have complete coverage for all the types of formats right now whether or not you're using them, then, this is the best codec pack for you. As the name implies, it pretty much has support for every format in the market, new or old."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

A codec is a tool that allows the processing of video and audio signal. The software helps media-playing programs read audio-video data by encoding and decoding files. The name codec is a portmanteau of coder-decoder. The codec can either be a physical tool or a software program. Most codecs come in packs, so it can code and decode many types of files, and read the data for many media players.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that K-Lite Codec Pack is considered the best and most complete codec pack? The K-Lite Codec Pack, created and maintained by Codec Guide for computers that run on Windows XP or later versions, is one of the most downloaded codec packs in the world, with its basic version getting more than 1 million downloads in just 15 days since it was first released on October 12, 2009. It got an average of 4.5 out 5 rating from those who downloaded it. In the same month, the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack was downloaded more than 2 million times and was chosen as a Softpedia Pick of the month. The codec pack's full edition was also given good recognition by SnapFiles, which gave the software a full five-star rating

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    #4X Codec Pack

    X Codec Pack

    Due to the discontinuation of Windows Live Essentials by Microsoft, X Codec Packs introduces itself as an alternative for giving great support to your Windows version. It allows you to enjoy almost all the video and audio files. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jack Lopez
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "I would recommend this particular codec as it already comes bundled with what I think is a really great media player, Media Player Classic. It might not have the nicest-looking interface but it sure fast and easy on my system's resources."
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    #5Kodi

    Kodi
    Kodi is a free and open-source media player that allows users to easily access digital media all through a user-friendly package. This is an open source and free-to-use player that is customizable and it runs on a wide variety of devices.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux

    Free

    Paul Miller
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "The best codec packs include Kodi, which is a free user-friendly media player. With Kodi being free, customizable, and a media player that can be used on a wide variety of devices, I strongly recommend this."
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    #6Combined Community Codec Pack

    Combined Community Codec Pack

    The Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) is a pack of audio and video codecs specially created to detect and avoid conflicts. This codec pack works with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 either 32-bit or 64-bit.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Sean Ye
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "This is basically a community-driven and compiled codec pack. It's dated but it's still relevant and useful today especially for older devices and operating systems."
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    #7Media Player Codec Pack

    Media Player Codec Pack

    The Media Player Codec Pack is a very easy to install codec package adding for Windows a good collection of audio and video codecs such DVDs, Xvid, MP4, Real, and many more.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Manuel Quintana
    Written on December 18, 2017
    "I have trouble playing some of the videos on my pc because my media player does not recognize the file type. In order to fix this, I came on here to see what the best codec packs to download were. I was told to use Media Player Codec Pack. I downloaded it, installed it, and now all my videos are playing great!"
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    #8Codec Pack All in 1

    Codec Pack All in 1

    Codec Pack All in 1 is a Windows a free codec collection which contains for your convenience the most common audio and video codecs to watch your movies in the most popular formats.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Yan Fang
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "This codec pack is really great. It's super convenient and easy to download. I like how little space it takes up on my computer too. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone else."
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    #9Windows 10 Movies & TV Codec Pack

    Windows 10 Movies & TV Codec Pack

    Windows 10 Movies & TV Codec Pack is an application for coding and decoding video files for PCs. It is used to solve the Missing Codec Error that usually happens while using the built-in codec that Windows uses.

    Apps

    Windows

    $24.95- Free trial available

    Richard Yu
    Written on December 20, 2018
    "Windows 10 Movies & TV Codec Pack is specific codec for Windows 10 Movies & TV video player. It solves the problem where Movies & TV video player does not any old codec pack. It allows user to play videos on Movies & TV player, no more missing codec problem."

Summary

Best What are the best codec packs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1K-Lite Codec PackSoftware 18 Free
2Windows Codec Installation PackageSoftware 15 Free
3K-Lite Mega Codec PackSoftware 13 Free
4X Codec PackSoftware 10 Free
5KodiSoftware 7 Free
6Combined Community Codec Pack Software 5 Free
7Media Player Codec PackSoftware 3 Free
8Codec Pack All in 1Software 2 Free
9Windows 10 Movies & TV Codec PackApps 2 Paid
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