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    My laptop is a lot bigger than than older computers but even so I want to save space and create a good quality videos without fear of making my videos over 50 GB. With that said however, I wonder if I should install the codec on my computer? Or should install a codec for most of the modern codecs?
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    Only install codes separately such as xvid,i haven't installed it since i don't encode anything with it,the mega codecs packs are crap and sometimes conflicts happen.
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    can't recall a single video that "required" the xvid codec, ever. but i wouldn't worry about installing good codecs, they are tiny, compared to modern storage.
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    The builtin app in the xvid codecs lets you encode files to xvid.
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    If you are being conscientious about size and quality, and as you say you have a new computer, IMO it would make the most sense to not add ANY codec unless totally necessary for playback and/or decode-to-convert. You should be encoding to most efficient types (h264, h265). For those former/legacy codecs, use ffmpeg, or lav filters to decode with, or just use those in vlc and convert from there.


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    DVIX/XVID is long dead and surpassed by modern CODECs like h.264. Use Handbrake or AVIDemux to convert your videos. No need to install anything, the CODECs are built in. And with the exception of Windows Media Player, most current software and hardware mediaplayers like VLC or PotPlayer will happily play back almost video format you have.
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  7. 1. You don't need to install codecs to play videos on good video players. ex: mpc-hc, mpc-be, vlc, mpv, etc.
    2. typical users don't need to install codecs to encode. The encoding app contains the codecs.
    3. for new encodings, newer codecs such as x264 / x265 offer better quality and less artefacts at the same bitrate than xvid.

    Conclusion: no need to install the xvid codec. Don't install codec packs.


    No need also to re-encode existing xvid videos unless you must save on filesize (it takes time and isn't lossless).
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  8. I stopped using this codec once h264 came along. I have no codecs installed other than anything installed as a part of da vince resolve or that audacity VLC and Cubase may have installed.
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