Tips on Enabling the AV1 Video Playback Support in Windows 10

By Eunice Samson | December 17, 2018 |

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As of this writing, there is not a lot of content encoded with the AOMedia Video 1 (AV1). However, the free and open source video codec is quickly becoming popular, and it is not surprising why. When the Alliance for Open Media developed this video codec, they intended it to become the standard technology for streaming videos over the Internet.

It is worth noting that big names in the industry—including Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla—are working on the new tech. So, this video codec can possibly take over Google’s VP9 codec and the HEVC/H.265 codec.

If you want to keep up with the bleeding edge of technology, it is only natural for you to ask, “Can I enable AV1 Support on Windows 10?” Well, you should know that Microsoft is working on developing an extension for Windows 10, which will allow you to play AV1 videos on your device. So, in this post, we are going to teach you how to enable AV1 support. This way, you will be ready once content encoded with the codec becomes widely available.

Before anything else…

You must ensure that you’ve installed the October 2018 Update (version1809) or the latest version of Windows on your PC. Moreover, we recommend updating your drivers first. This will ensure that you can play videos encoded with the AV1 codec without any hassle.

You can update your drivers manually. However, you should know that this option can be time-consuming, complicated, and risky. You’d have to go to the manufacturer’s website and search for the latest drivers compatible with your processor type and OS version. If you install the wrong drivers, you might end up with system instability issues.

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How to Enable AV1 Support on Windows 10

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+S.
  2. Type “Microsoft Store” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Now, in Microsoft Store, search for AV1 Video Extension.
  4. Select the result, then click Install.

After completing these steps, there are no additional measures you have to take. When you encounter a video with the AV1 codec, you will be able to play it on Microsoft Edge or on the Movies & TV app. However, do remember that the codec for Windows 10 is still in the beta phase. So, expect performance issues and some hiccups along the way.

Have you tried playing videos with the AV1 codec?

We’d love to hear what you think about it! Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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