As we demand that more high-quality video be made available on the Internet, media companies have faced challenges in delivering HD video quickly and easily without crippling bandwidth. After all, we don’t have unlimited amounts of bandwidth and space on our local drives. As a result, various codecs are developed to compress video files, especially AV1. Here we will show you how to enable AV1 video playback on Windows, Linux and macOS.
What is AV1?
AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is a promising codec that has been specially designed for use in Internet streaming. What is really great about AV1 is that it is about 30 to 50% more efficient at compressing videos than the widely used HEVC codec. This translates to up to 30% less bandwidth used during broadcast compared to the HEVC codec. Essentially, this means that you will use less space and bandwidth than HEVC for video of the same size. In addition, this codec is free of rights and open source, which facilitates its adoption on a large scale. It sounds great, but how do you install it on your device to take advantage of these benefits?
Enable AV1 video playback on Windows, Linux and macOS
To get AV1 support on Windows, just go to the official Microsoft store and download the official AV1 extension.
To test to see if the extension works, simply download a video that has been encoded with the AV1 codec. It should open and play in the Windows Movies & TV app. You can find videos to test reading on Elecard website. You will also be able to play AV1 encoded videos with Microsoft Edge after downloading this extension.
Linux and macOS
Finding a system-wide solution for AV1 video playback on Linux and macOS is not as clear as with Windows. However, there are solutions. VLC, the versatile media player, supports AV1 playback. Just install VLC and use it to play your AV1 videos.
In addition, Firefox also supports AV1 playback. To confirm that AV1 playback is enabled:
1. In the Firefox URL bar, type:
2. Click on the “Accept the risk and continue” button.
3. In the search field, enter “media.av1.enabled”. Make sure the entry says “true.” If it says false, toggle the value to “true”.
Chrome should also support AV1 playback with the release of Chrome 85.
With all the video streaming services available, you often need to improve your Internet speed for a decent viewing experience. With the AV1 codec, it will allow you to stream high quality videos more easily.
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