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Find the Codec for a Video that won't play
Have a video that won't play correctly? Find the correct codec by using GSpot
February 20, 2006
Paul Jacobs
Have you ever downloaded a video, maybe it's a movie or something and it doesn't play on you computer? Well, there is a good chance that you don't have the proper Codec installed to decode the video. Fortunately, there is a nice little program called GSpot that might be of use to you.
Where Do I Find the GSpot?
OK, so I'm not sure why they decided to name this program GSpot, but it is a great tool to have. It's free to download from here
What Does It Do?
The situation is that you download an AVI file and it doesn't work. Fire up GSpot, and then open the AVI file by clicking on File, Open.

Once it loads the AVI file it will then provide you with an assortment of information. The two that you will be interested in are the Audio section and the Video section.

Audio
The Audio section will tell you what audio codec is used for this video, it will also provide some info on the audio itself and then most importantly it will tell you the Stat of the codec. If it says something along the lines of Codec(s) Installed then you are good to go.
Video
Similar to the Audio section, the Video section will tell you what video codec is used, the Name of the codec, and then most importantly it will tell you the Stat of the codec. Again, if it says something along the lines of Codec(s) Installed then you are good to go.
What If the Codec Isn't Installed?
If the codec isn't installed your best bet is to go to Google and type in the name of the missing codec. Since most videos are encoded with the same codec's it is likely that you'll easily be able to find the one you're looking for.
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