One of the biggest complaint that Windows users have had when it comes to dealing with video media files is the insane requirement to download all the other codeces that one needs to watch non-Windows formats. In many cases this lead people to download the first codec package that they could find with a Google search. The problem with this approach is that many of these packages came with extra baggage in the way of trojans or viruses. There were some safe and reliable codec packages out there but they were hard to find if you didn’t know exactly what you were looking for.
Well according to Long Zhend over at his istartedsomething.com blog this will drastically change for the better with the release of Windows 7. Not only will they be expanding the range of codecs used for decoding video files that will be doing the same to encoders as well.
On the flip side we have the encoder support coming to Windows 7 as you can see from the graphics
Now the only wish that I have remaining for the media player that will be using these codec is that it gets put on a massive diet because it has become one of the most bloated Windows application around.
APC has a report on this as well that is worth having a quick read theough if you are interested in this new addition coming to Windows 7.
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