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How To Enable AV1 video codec support in Windows 10


Have you ever came across a video or tried to watch a video which uses AV1 video codec? Were you able to play it using Windows Media Player or Movies & TV application? I hope not, that’s due to the requirement of a specific codec to be installed on your computer. Then let’s learn how to install the AV1 video codec in Windows 10.

Before we start, I would like you to have some basic knowledge of AV1 Video Codec. What is AV1 video codec?

What is an AV1 Video Codec?

The AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is developed by Alliance for Open Media. It is an emerging, free and open source video codec which is designed specifically to become the next main standard for video streaming all over the internet.

You might know the ongoing trend of using HEVC/H.265 or H.264 Codec for most of the videos available on the internet. Now tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and even Apple are already testing the AV1 video codec. This will surely replace the most popular VP9 video codec by Google.

Since this video codec is currently in the development phase, a very small amount of content is available using this codec. So to keep you ahead of everyone, Microsoft has made the extension for this codec available for the Windows 10 users in its Microsoft Store.

Here I will be showing you how to add the AV1 video codec support on your Windows Device. I’m running the Windows 10 version 1809 on my machine, if you are on an older version then I would suggest you an upgrade.

How to enable AV1 video codec support in Windows 10

Go through the following steps and your Windows 10 machine will be ready to play all the AV1 videos.

  1. Open the Microsoft Store.
  2. In the search bar, search for AV1 Video Extension.AV1 Video Extension
  3. Select the result with the same name.
  4. Click on the Get button.
  5. Now, click on the Install button. The codec will be downloaded and installed system-wide.AV1 Video Extension Install

Once the codec is installed, the system will play the AV1 files wherever they are located on your system or on the web. This extension has support enabled for Movies & TV app and Microsoft Edge.

I do not know if you have noticed but this is a beta application which means some glitches and freezes are going to happen. If your machine does receive time to time updates then the future stable releases will install automatically.