Video Codecs and Containers

Satheesh C B | Thursday, May 29, 2008 | 0 comments

A video codec is a software module that enables the compression and decompression of digital video. As video technology progressed, storing and using video in digital format became feasible, and a variety of such technologies began to emerge.‘Codec’ stands for ‘Compression-Decompression’, or ‘Coding-Decoding’.

A container is a file format that can store various types of data in it. This data is compressed in a uniform manner using a standard codec. Advanced container formats can therefore support audio, video, subtitles, and meta-data.A few of the better known container formats are Apple’s QuickTime and Microsoft’s Advanced Streaming Format (ASF).

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack: The K-Lite Mega codec pack is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s the big daddy of all codec packs. This mega combination pack is a bundle that includes players, containers and also the K-Lite codec pack. This free-to-use pack comes with more than just codecs. Its repertoire includes players and codec information tools. The best thing about the pack is that you can choose the applications you want to install. The one problem with this bundle is the problem of plenty: a lot of the codecs provided by the pack lie unused.


The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats

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Matroska :Matroska is an open standard audio/video container. It is an advanced container format and can support audio, video, subtitles, chapters, and metadata. In addition to these, it also contains the requisite information to play back these different data streams together. A typical Matroska video file is a .mkv file, and an audio file is a .mka file.

If you have the latest Matroska Direct Show pack installed, even a Windows Media Player as old as version 6 can play a Matroska file.

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