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 “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 “Save Liste” button, and choose the location where we want to save 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.