As you probably already know, codec, short for coder decoder, is basically a software which stores audio and video data in specific format, to be used on different operating systems and devices. For example, to play a mkv file on your computer, you must have specific codec for mkv installed on your computer.
There are hundreds of codecs available and you may need many of them to play media files on your computer. It will be very difficult for you if you have to look for a codec on the internet every time you want to play a specific audio or video file.
Fortunately, you can install the most frequently needed codecs for Windows 8 in a single file, using which you can play almost any kind of video or audio file on your computer running Windows 8. This Windows 8 Codecs Pack is developed by Shark007 and supports these video formats: Amr, m4b, mkv, ogg, ape, flac, evo, flv, ogv, ogm, rmvb, xvid, mka, mpc, ofr, divx.
Once you install the Windows 8 Codecs Pack, you can use any video or audio player like vlc, or the default windows media player to play all the supported files.
Also, there is no need to install all the codecs. You can install only slected codecs as needed. You can also uninstall specific codecs if you don’t need them.
Check out how to installation guide and Download Windows 8 Codecs Pack here.