Essential Software: CODEC Repair

This is part II of the article series on codecs.  In Part I, we looked at the scenarios where codec-related problems could arise and the way in which Windows handles codecs.  In this part, we’ll examine a piece of software that can make our lives easier by giving us control over the problematic codecs..

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CODEC Control

Codec Installer from JockerSoft is a multipurpose tool that allows you to view your existing codec/filter installations, analyse video/audio media files as well as select from some main codecs to download from the JockerSoft website. 

Filter Mapping Editor
As described in Part I article, the ability to set priorities means that once you have the tool to see the codecs/filters available on your system, you can select each codec/filter and view the media types that it is set to work with. You can set priorities/merit values relating to the media types that the filter is responsible for, so that for example; the filter ranks lower in priority to the other filters that are associated with that media type too – ie; one that is less suited to the task of rendering a video stream.  This way, you need not remove the entire filter, you can just change the merit value.  The options are there to either remove the filter OR the individual entries for the filter – you also have the option to backup before doing so. 


Also, you have the ability to right-click on any of the detail pages and select either ‘copy to clipboard’ (for the item in question) or ‘copy all to clipboard’ (for all the items in the list).  So, if you aren’t too sure what to do, you can at least use the information gathering abilities of the program and submit this to a forum of your choosing for further investigation. 

Media File Analysis
Codec Installer can recognise all the mainstream codecs such as:
avi, mpeg, wmv, wma, ogg, flac, mpc, mp3, mp4, wav, wx.  The program also gives you metadata information for each file – and in the case of avi, this is quite a detailed report.

Note: A neat advanced feature (requires a some scripting know-how) that I haven’t tried out yet.. 

Quote: CodecInstaller can also be used to distribute video files on a CD, to be sure that who receives the CD will have all the necessary codecs installed: with a single tool he will be able to check if the codecs are already installed and up-to-date. CodecInstaller contains a Movie Launcher that displays informations about the distributed video file (author, plot, director…) along with a screenshot and a ‘Play’ button.  

For more information on the video distribution tool feature, use the JockerSoft Forum.

Multi-language support in Codec Installer is also included.

Version at the time of writing:
Supports: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista
Requires: Net Framework 2.0

Here is the URL to this essential software:
CODEC Installer

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