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:
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.
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Me