How to play vp7 codec

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How to play vp7 codec
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Codecs are used to encode and read media tracks for digital audio and digital video files. TrueMotion VP7 is a video codec developed by On2 Technologies, a subsidiary of Google. The VP7 codec is widely used by online video destinations. The technology has been adopted by Skype, Brightcove and Move Networks. To stream a digital video file encoded with VP7, you must set up the codec on your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download and install the VP7 codec. Open the set-up file and follow the on-screen instructions to add the codec to your system.

  2. 2

    Launch a media player. Go to the "File" tab and select the "Open" command. Search for the VP7 codec video in the file selection window. Select the item and click "Open" to load the media into the application.

  3. 3

    Play the VP7 codec video using the buttons on the control bar. The playback commands include play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, skip ahead, skip back and stop. Manage sound levels with the volume slide bar and blow up the viewing area by clicking the full-screen button.

Tips and warnings

  • To verify that a digital video file was encoded with the TrueMotion VP7 codec, run it through a codec identification utility like VideoInspector or GSpot.
  • TrueMotion VP7 is only supported by Microsoft Windows; it is not engineered for playback on Mac and Linux operating systems. Nonetheless, MPlayer for Mac OS X can stream VP7 video.

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