co·​dec | \ ˈkō-ˌdek How to pronounce codec (audio) \

Definition of codec

: a device or software system that can digitize and often compress an audio or video signal for transmission (as over a telephone line) and convert an incoming signal to audio or video for reception To permit satellite communication through such a compact antenna, an electronic device called a voice coder-decoder—or codec—translates speech into a digital signal.Discover

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Recent Examples on the Web Google pushed its own VP8 codec as a more open alternative. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 In order to pull off these new shooting modes, GoPro’s leveraging the new-school video codec, High-Efficiency Video Coding (aka H.265). Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Review: GoPro Hero6 Black," 24 Oct. 2017 Previously, lossless quality of FLAC (free lossless audio codec) was available exclusively through Sonos. Tatiana Tenreyro, Billboard, "Deezer Expanding and Rebranding High-Fidelity Offerings, Integrating With Voice Enabled Services," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of codec

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codec

coder + decoder

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“Codec.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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