How to Enable or Disable AV1 Video Codec Support in Google Chrome


AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

Starting with Google Chrome 69, Google added an experimental flag to allow decoding of files with the AV1 video codec.

Support for playing AV1 videos in Google Chrome 70 is enabled by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AV1 codec support to play AV1-encoded videos in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.



Here's How:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter.

chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder

3. Select Enabled, Disabled, or Default for what you want in the Enable AV1 video decoding flag drop down menu. (see screenshot below)

4. Click/tap on the RELAUNCH NOW button at the bottom to apply.

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Tip   Tip
To verify and see if a video supports and is using the AV1 codec, right click or press and hold on the video, and click/tap on Stats for Nerds. If you see av01 for Codecs, then the video is using the AV1 codec. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn