Can’t watch a video using the AV1 codec? Please don’t worry; you’ve got ways to work things out. I am going to show you how to add AV1 video playback support on Windows 10 so as to gain the required codec for video watching.

What Is AV1

Referring to AOMedia Video 1, AV1 is an open source, royalty-free video coding format designed by Alliance for Open Media (found in 2015). It has being mainly used to transmit videos over the Internet easily. People hope it to become the next standard for video streaming over the internet.

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A reference video codec is included in the AV1 bitstream specification. Many companies including Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Mozilla, give support to this project. In many people’s point of view, the AV1 codec (the new codec) will gradually take the place of VP9 codec of Google and take over the HEVC/H.265 codec.

Since AV1 codec is so important, I’m going to tell you how to add AV1 video playback support on Windows 10. You should read the steps carefully.

How to Enable AV1 Video Playback Support on Windows 10

AV1 is meant to succeed its predecessor VP9 and compete with HEVC/H.265 from the Moving Picture Experts Group. It is the primary contender for standardization by the video standard working group NetVC of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The group has put together a list of criteria to be met by the new video standard. AV1 is intended to be able to be used together with the audio format Opus in a future version of the WebM container format for HTML5 web video and WebRTC.- according to Wikipedia

To tell the truth, there are only a few videos that are encoded with AV1 codec. But, adding AV1 video playback support to Windows is a wise action if you want to get ahead of everyone else. Besides, if becomes a necessity if you came across a video using the new AV1 codec. Till now, Microsoft has already made it possible to play AV1 videos on your Windows – add an extension on Windows 10.

Now, I will walk you through the detailed steps to get AV1 codec support on your devices running Windows 10.

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AV1 Codec Support Adding Guide

Step one: click to open Microsoft Store on your device.

Step two: click on the Search button and type AV1 Video Extension.

Step three: when you see the following window, you should click on Get button and follow the prompt.

click on Get

Note: if you have linked your devices to the Microsoft account, you will see the pop-up Where do you want to install window. At this time, you must sign in on a device with your Microsoft account to continue.

link a device

Play AV1 Videos on Windows 10

If you have done those steps successfully, you can now watch AV1 videos on your devices easily. No matter the video using the AV1 codec is regarded as a file or placed on the web, you will be able to play the video on your Windows 10 by using the Movies & TV app or in the Microsoft Edge.

It is only an early preview of the codec designed for Windows 10, so you may run into performance issues or hiccups at any time. But you are still advised to install the package right now and configure your device to automatically receive updates for apps (the future release of this codec app will be installed automatically).

How to Remove AV1 Video Playback Support

There are also some cases in which you don’t want the AV1 video extension anymore. Under such circumstances, you should do the following things to remove AV1 codec from your device:

  1. Click to open Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select AV1 Video Extension.
  5. Click on the Uninstall button to let system complete the rest work for you.

Note: to re-install the AV1 Video Extension, you should repeat the steps mentioned in the previous part.

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