Review Codec Sniper
Codec Sniper is a simple program that shows information about installed codecs on PC.
Codecs are a collection of programs/libraries that allows the playback of multimedia content. These libraries go unnoticed to the eyes of the users, as they are not files that can be run. Even so, these files are essential for the correct playback of audio and video files, because media players make use of these codecs to “read” media files content.
Codecs tend to be installed along with other programs that make use of them. That's why the vast majority of cases we don't realize when they have been installed. There are also codecs packages as K-Lite Codec Pack that installs a series of essential codecs needed to play easily all type of multimedia files.
Codec Sniper shows a list of all codecs installed on the system. It is quite likely that the codecs list is quite long despite not having installed any codec explicitly. Codecs list shows the following information:
- Class: Shows codec type (DirectShow, AudioCodec, VideoCodec)
- Name: Codec's full name. This information is very useful if we want to search for more related information on the Internet.
- Filename: Name and path of the file corresponding to the codec. It is also very useful for search information on the Internet.
- FourCC: Four Characters Code. This field is usually empty.
- Version: a Sequence of numbers representing the version of the codec.
- Status: codec status. Can have “ok” status (codec is properly installed), or can have “broken” status (codec is broken and must be repaired or removed).
If a codec has a “broken” status, we can remove it directly from the program. So we just need to select the codec we want to remove and press on “Delete” button (located at the bottom right of the window). We must be careful with this option, because if we delete the wrong codec, the playback of certain media files can stop functioning. When we delete a codec of the list, it will be deleted from the system and therefore will not appear in codecs list anymore. So it is advisable to save the codecs list in a text file. To do this, we click on the “Save Liste” button and choose the location where we want to save the text file. The generated file will contain a list with all installed codecs information. That list is also very useful if we want to paste contained information in a help forum.
The program is free and does not require installation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Codec Sniper downloadable for Windows XP?
- Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows XP.
- What operating systems is it compatible with?
- This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of Codec Sniper.
- Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
- Yes, although there is no special 64-bit version, so you can download the 32-bit version and run it on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
- To install Codec Sniper on your PC, you have to download the Codec_Sniper.exe file to your Windows and install it.
- Which version of the program am I going to download?
- The current version we offer is the 0.1.0.
- Is Codec Sniper free?
- Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.