Since there are multiple types of of video and audio codecs available out there, it’s not an easy task to install each and every one of it on your computer. While the most widely used codecs are already come packed in codec packages such as the likes of K-lite codec pack, some video and audio files require special codecs, which have to be installed manually and configured with media players. If you’re facing some rendering issues with audio or video files, then you may need to install the correct codec pack to resolve said issues. Though, how would you know which ones you’re missing? SuperEasy Codec Checker is an application designed to analyze a video or audio file for any absent codecs that it may require. It supports a huge array of file formats (AVI, MPEG, VOB, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, PSP, WMV, ASF, OGG, MKV, MVR, MOV, WAV, MP3, MPA, RM, AIFF, AIFC, AU, IFF, PAF, SDS, AVR, DTS, AAC, MAC, FLAC, CDXA and more) and DRM (Digital Right Management) techniques of iTunes, WM9, WM10, DivX and CSS protected files. Details to follow after the jump.
Analyzing audio/video file is easy – just click Open audio-/video-file here button to select your source file. Once selected, it will automatically display audio and video stream related information in a tree view including Fileformat, Size, Duration, Bitrate and DRM. Furthermore, it includes Comments, Video stream and Audio Stream group. The Comments group holds the (missing) codec name. The Video Streams let you analyze a file’s Dimensions (resolution), Framerate, Decoder description and Interlaced etc., while Audio stream houses information like Codec description, Bitrate, Channels, Samplerate and so on. Clicking the small question mark button at the top right of the application window opens up a context menu from where you can directly play the selected file.
When you have carefully analyzed all the information, you will need to manually search for the missing codec on the internet. However, sometimes you’re unable to get hold on the required codec and you’d need to grab the whole codec pack. For example, if the application states you have a missing codec from K-lite codec pack, you might need to download and install K-light codec pack in order to play the media file without any issues. Although we are pleased with the application, it would have been nicer to throw in an option for instantly jumping to the required codec download link. The application is ad-supported and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported.