Article by Robert Snoog
Did you ever double click on a audio or video file in order to open it but were warned that the format of this file is not correct or you need to download the corresponding codecs? Do you believe that you can play almost all audio and video files with just one player? Yes you can! Here are some excellent audio and video encode decode tools I have used, they are: Advanced WMA Workshop, Advanced Encode Decode Tools, Windows Essentials Codec Pack and K-Lite Codec Pack. Following are the summary features and functions of them.
Advanced Encode Decode Tools supports only Hi-Fi sound compression algorithms, unique AC-3 decoder, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, Mpeg Audio Layer 3, WAVE file formats. Features include a user-friendly, easy to understand interface (XP style) and also an Audio CD grabbing function that allows us to “rip” CDs and convert them into any of the supported audio formats.
Advanced WMA Workshop is digital audio converter with Windows Explorer-like interface, allowing us to encode WAV, MP3 and OGG files to WMA 8 (Windows Media Audio format with variety of format settings (from 8000 to 48000Hz, up to 192kbps), convert WMA,MP3 and OGG files to WAV PCM format, convert WMA files to MP3 format using LAME encoder, and convert WMA to OGG Vorbis format. Audio formats conversion is performed directly, without any temporary WAV files, this fact means higher converting speed and economy of hard disk resource. Advanced WMA Workshop internally supports WMA 8 format, WMA 8 encoder improve quality of encoded audio of 30 to 50 percent over WMA 7. We can encode and decode audio files one by one, results in increased performance in case of mass encoding/decoding. We can also edit ID3v1 Tags and copy it from MP3 to WMA file while recoding. Also we can fast and naturally transcode Audio CD tracks directly into any of WMA 9 format, OGG Vorbis, MP3, WAV PCM, APE or FLAC format, using jitter correction to compensate reading errors.
Windows Essentials Codec Pack is a collection of the most essential Audio and Video DirectShow Codecs and Filters for Windows, that enables us to play and view almost all music and video files downloaded from the Internet. It adds support for (S)VCDs and XCDs as well as 3GP, AAC, AC3, APE, AVI, DivX, 3ivx, DAT, h.264, x264, Nero Digital, DTS, FLV, FLAC, HD-MOV, MPEG-1/2, M4A, MP3, MP4, MO3, MOD, MKV, OFR, TTA, OGG/OGM, S3M, Vorbis, VOB, XviD, XM, WV, UMX and many other formats. Essentials Codec Pack also includes Windows Media Player Classic. An integrated auto-update can automatically check for updated codecs. We can stay up to date with the latest codecs with the Audio/Video Codec Update Service, and eliminate the many conflicts and errors caused by using multiple codecs to decode the same file types. Windows Essentials Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly near complete solution for all our video and audio needs, with it we can play any video/audio file with our favorite DirectShow media player or with the (included) Media Player Classic.
K-Lite Codec Pack (Full) includes 99% of all the audio and video codecs we will ever need. Just install this pack, and we will be able to play just about any media file out there. It includes DivX, XviD, x264, MPEG 1/2, MP3, Monkey’s Audio, Media Player Classic, On2 V6/V7 and many others. The installer lets us choose which codecs to install, or we can use the default profile which installs all of them. K-Lite Codec Pack also provides access to configuration options for each codec whenever available.
If we want to gain high quality of audio and video, Advanced Encode Decode Tools is a good choice. Advanced WMA Workshop has a Windows Explorer-like interface; even beginners can master it soon. Windows Essentials Codec Pack and K-Lite Codec Pack support almost all audio and video formats. Windows Essentials Codec Pack features essential audio and video DirectShow codecs and filters. It is an ideal solution for advanced users. Why are you still reading? Download a powerful audio and video encode decode tool and enjoy your audio and video now!
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