XviD Codec

Superb program that compresses videos for backup or sharing


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  • Category Codecs
  • Program license Free
  • Version 1.3.7
  • Size 11.27 MB
  • Works under: Windows ME
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Xvid

Every PC user has tried to watch a video online before and ended up with their media player not being able to handle it, and this is because a program like Xvid Codec wasn't used in order to update the codecs of the players.

Overview of Xvid Codec

If you're like most PC users out there, there have been times where you downloaded a video or movie file, or some random song that took you forever to find, only to find that your media player rejects it with some error message. This is because you don't have the proper codec installed to play the specific format; but it's also an easy fix with the Xvid Codec pack. Featuring hundreds of different codecs, and a lot more tools that you may find beneficial, this software package will ensure that you can consume media of every type on any media player on your PC.

The Xvid Codec pack is a program created by Xvid and launched more than a few years ago, although it does update frequently to ensure that current users and all new downloads have all the codes up to date. The program is 100% free to download and install, and comes in at only 11mb, so there should be plenty of room to install the codecs.

How Xvid Codec Works

This program works simply by adding the codecs you need to play videos directly to your PC, which will then be used as needed by your media player when you open up a media file.

It will install some basic codecs onto your PC, but they will never be used per se until they're needed, so they're just hanging around in limbo until they're used. They're not affecting your computer in any way at all.

Xvid Codec Features

If you're installing them all manually, things can get pretty technical. Most people just install the pack as-is and allow their media players to figure out which codecs are needed, which WMV, VLC and other players do automatically. So don't go digging around and toying with the features if you don't know the impact it will have. You do get features like a StatsReader and FourCC Changer, etc, but these can be too complex to figure out for many.

The best features of this download come by way of the viewer tab when you open the program. This allows you to check for updates and to configure things, and even to uninstall the video codec (of your choice or the entire package). Again, however, don't mess with options if you don't know what they do.

Pros and Cons of Xvid Codec


  • Free codec pack
  • Updated frequently
  • Hundreds of format types supported
  • Will auto-install if you let it


  • Danger in digging around with the options
  • Can be very technical to use manually
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