FFmpeg Adds On2 VP7 Video Decoder Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 25 March 2014 at 10:48 AM EDT. 2 Comments
While FFmpeg already has VP8 and VP9 video decoding support, the latest FFmpeg code has just landed support for the former On2 VP7 video format.

On2's TrueMotion VP7 codec predates their acquisition by Google when the VP8 codec was made to be BSD-licensed. VP7 was advertised as being superior to H.264/AVC. Released this past weekend was FFmpeg 2.2 but just missing the window was this On2 VP7 video decoding support.

Should anyone need VP7 decode support for older content not in VP8/VP9, the support landed today and is actually built atop the VP8 code but there's still several hundred lines of new code for handling this older version of the codec.
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