Welcome to the Windows 10 Codecs page.
On this page, you’ll find the best codecs that are available for Windows 10.
Before we get started, let’s answer the obvious question.
What is a Codec?
So another common question I get asked is “what is a Windows Codec?”
Well here’s the best way to explain this for those who don’t know.
A codec is a piece of software that handles large multimedia files efficiently to enable you to play and record them.
You see the thing is, multimedia files typically contain large amounts of data. We use codecs to compress that data and make the file sizes more manageable.
In addition codecs allow large music files to be shrunk so they can be transported across the internet.
Professional estimates are that without codecs, our music and movie files would be 5 to 10 times larger.
There are a lot of codecs out there in the wild and it’s not a one size fits all type deal.
There are codecs for audio and video compression, for streaming media over the Internet, videoconferencing, playing mp3’s, speech, or screen capture.
Some codec examples are MP3, WMA, RealVideo, RealAudio, DivX and XviD. The challenge is, the internet’s a big place and there are a lot of codecs to get and use.
Just like Windows 10 Drivers, Windows 10 Codecs are really important.
Windows Media Player used to handle a lot of codecs for Windows users behind the scenes but now that Windows 10 is coming, there will be more standardization about how Windows uses and chooses codecs.