Video Editing Tip #8 - Update your Video and Audio Codecs

Did you ever experience playing the video and wonder why there is no audio? Or you can hear the audio but you can't see any video? Most probably your audio and video codecs are not updated.

Most of the companies that develops media players for computers update their audio and video codecs. This is part of the fast-phase changes of the video formats that could be played over the net or your DVD players in your living room. Plus, this is also part of their support for the users of the program.

The most common problem that an editor would experience with an un-updated system are the unrecognizable files that your editing software can't read. During the editing, this would slow down your time to meet up the deadlines of your projects. Which is a bad thing for your clients. Also, this would limit your editing software to perform because most of the video formats now available in the market are .divx, .3ivx., mpeg-2, mpeg-4. etc. You need to download support for these type of formats. Your editing software might be updated but the media players on your PC is not, this would also create the same conflict.

I would suggest that as much as possilble, update your media players first. Try downloading an H.264/MPEG-4 video codec. This is most common now in the market because of HDTV. Below are websites that could help you find the audio and video codecs you need:
I have to warn you though that sometimes installing all video and audio codecs might affect your system. So, it would be better to read the information available before you install them.

Also I would suggest that you use GOM Player, FLV Player and VLC Player. They are free and they support almost all types of video format available in the market. If you want to make sure which media player is suitable for your system check this article on the web (click here).

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