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Video Codec

A video codec is a device or software that enables video compression and/or decompression for digital video. The compression usually employs lossy data compression.

Codec is short for 'coder – decoder.' (Some will argue that it's actually 'compressor-decompressor,' since compression is an essential element of video encoding.) When we talk about 'encoding' video, we're really talking about compressing it and translating it into a digital form, which are bits and bytes. A codec–a standard for encoding–is used to do that. In order to view the video thus encoded, you need the same codec to decode it as was used to encode it.

Commonly used video codecs

3GP (used by many mobile phones)
Flash Video (FLV, F4V) (video and audio from Adobe Systems)
AVI (the standard Microsoft Windows container)
MP4 (standard audio and video container for the MPEG-4 multimedia portfolio)


Streaming Players

Player supports video streaming

Streaming media?

Multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a streaming provider, it refers to the delivery method of the media.

  • Flash Player
  • Direct Stream
  • File Stream



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