Codec is a computer program to encode or/and decode digital data stream. The word “Codec” is portmanteau of ‘compressor-decompressor’ or, ‘coder-decoder’.The Media Codec Pack is bundle of audio and video resources that helps your opearting system to run diffrent media format files.

Here I’ld like to share some popular Codec packs for Windows operating systems.

K-Lite Codec Pack

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of diffrent codecs, and tools. 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.There are Four different variants of the K-Lite Codec Pack. Basic, Standard, Full and Mega are the foor variants of K-Lite.It is also available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Features of K-Lite Codec Pack

Input Formats.avi, .divx, .flv, .mkv, .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mpe, .m2v, .mpv2, .mp2v, .m2p, .vob, .evo, .mod, .ts, .m2ts, .m2t, .mts, .pva, .tp, .tpr , .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .mpv4, .m4a, .3gp, .3gpp, .3g2, .3gp2, .ogg, .ogm, .ogv, .mov, .hdmov .qt, .webm, .amv, .rm, .rmvb, .mka, .mp3, .oga, .amr, .wav, .ac3, .dts, .alac, .ape, .apl, .aac, .ra, .ram, .flac
ToolsCodec Tweak Tool, Win7DSFilterTweaker, MediaInfo Lite, VobSubStrip, GraphStudio, Haali Muxer, Bitrate Calculator

To read more about K-Lite Codec Pack please click the link.You can download K-Lite Codec Pack from here.

VLC media player

VLC is a free and powerful open source cross-platform multimedia player , encoder, and streamer that plays most multimedia file formats. The VLC is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats. VLC is stands for VideoLAN Client.

Features of VLC media player

Input FormatsMPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), AVI, ASF , WMV , WMA, MP4 , MOV , 3GP, OGG , OGM , Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real , WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52 , Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash) , MXF, Nut, Standard MIDI, SMF , Creative™ Voice

To read more about VLC media player please click the link.

GOM player

GOM Player is an another powerful 32-bit media player for Windows. The “GOM” is stand for “Gretech Online Movie”. It is more popular in South Korea than any other media player.

Features of GOM player

Input FormatsDAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4,H263.

You can download and read more about GOM player here.