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VP8 Codec


Google VP8 Video Codec for Windows (VFW). Since the purchase of On2 by Google, there has been a lot of discussion on the latest VP8 (also called WebM) codec created by On2 which gives similar compression rations and quality than the H.264 video codec. Even though the Video for Windows driver framework is now several years old, several modern video editing tools still use extensively, such as Virtualdub. I wanted to be able to compress videos using standard AVI containers, therefore I decided to wrap the VP8 library around a Video For Windows driver. The version here was derived from the Xvid Video For Windows driver, and is fully functional.

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File size:540kB
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  Latest version

1.2.0 (September 14, 2011)

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Download VP8 Codec 1.2.0 (direct link)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

The current version is version 1.2.0, list of changes:

linked against libvpx 0.9.7-p1
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All features / Full description

* Compiled with the optimized Google VP8 library
* Includes most color space conversions supported by the Xvid codec
* Uses several threads on multi-core processors
* Encoded files can fully be decoded with FFMPEG as well as VLC
* FOURCC used is VP80

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Acronyms / Also Known As

VP8 Codec, VP8 Video Codec, Google VP8 Video Codec, Google VP8 VFW Codec

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This VfW version of the VP8 codec is just a toy. Incredibly slow, allows no control of the GOP length, and apparently was coded by a Linux troll — the INF installer was written with UNIX line-endings, is a messy set of instructions, and mentions a *non-existent* "rundll.exe". To whom this may interest, here goes a clean vp8vfw.inf for this "sub-codec":


; Google VP8 VfW Codec install




1="VP8 VfW Codec 1.0","",1


vp8vfw.Files.Inf=17 ; windows\inf
vp8vfw.Files.Dll=11 ; windows\system




system.ini, drivers32,,"VIDC.VP80=vp8vfw.dll"

system.ini, drivers32,,"VIDC.VP80=vp8vfw.dll"

HKLM,Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32,VIDC.VP80,,"vp8vfw.dll"

HKLM,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vp8vfw,DisplayName,,"Google VP8 VfW 1.0 (UnInstall)"
HKLM,Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vp8vfw,UninstallString,,"rundll32.exe setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultUninstall 132 %17%\vp8vfw.inf"

Posted February 02, 2011 by El Heggunte. Tool version 1.0.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

Try this in WinXP x64:
Make a .bat file in the same folder with this text
and run it:

%windir%\SysWOW64\rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 0 %cd%\vp8.inf

or in command prompt change variable %cd% with vp8.inf path and run it.

I'm not sure if it works in another Windows x64 version such as Vista or Win7.
This .bat is pretty useful in both WinXp x32 and x64:

@echo off
rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 0 %cd%\vp8.inf
) ELSE (
%windir%\SysWOW64\rundll32 setupapi.dll,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 0 %cd%\vp8.inf

Then I suggest in order to have the correct uninstall values
(for WinXP x64) to merge in system a .reg file with the following text:

"UninstallString"="C:\\WINDOWS\\SysWOW64\\rundll32.exe setupx.dll,InstallHinfSection Remove_VP8 132 C:\\WINDOWS\\INF\\vp8.inf"

Posted November 09, 2010 by freakazoide. Tool version 0 using OS WinXP 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

Just some quick comments from myself (the author of the wrapper codec)
- The encoding is based on the VP8 library, which is can be quite slow in Best Quality mode. Reduce to Good quality mode to increase the encoding speed.
- It works fine on Windows 32-bits, it is not a 64-bit driver.

Posted October 18, 2010 by carleric. Tool version 1.0.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

Just check the inf file - Dont think it will show up with this inf-file in W7 directly. Runs fine directly in XP, and in W7-32 in XP mode also.
But man, this is slow as hell. I uninstalled after first test run.

Posted October 18, 2010 by NoBuddy. Tool version 1.0.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

Same here, not there..

Posted October 18, 2010 by videodan. Tool version 1.0.0 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

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