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What is a CODEC?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Arranger, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    Feb 2, 2002
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    Is it software or hardware? I am completely lost on this one. Thanks!
  2. ellmorej

    ellmorej Guest

    coder/decoder or compression/decompression algorithm
    As the name implies, codecs are used to encode and decode (or compress and decompress) various types of data--particularly those that would otherwise use up inordinate amounts of disk space, such as sound and video files. Common codecs include those for converting analog video signals into compressed video files (such as MPEG) or analog sound signals into into digitized sound (such as RealAudio). Codecs can be used with either streaming (live video or audio) or files-based (AVI, WAV) content.

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