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OGV File Extension

Ogg Video Format
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What is OGV file?

OGV is a video file saved using OGG multimedia container format. OGG format was created by Xiph.org foundation, which develops and promotes open source software.

What is a multimedia container format?

Multimedia container can be seen as a ‘box’ that contains various types of data streams (audio, video, etc.). Each resource is encoded with a number of codecs specified for given container. For example, OGV uses lossy video compression codec called Theora.

How to open an OGV file?

Video streams saved in OGV file can be opened with various free software tools. OGV files can also be played on websites using the HTML5 <video> tag.

Different extension used by OGG containers

Besides OGV extension, OGG container supports other extensions for different types of data:

  • OGA extension for audio data,
  • OGX extension for application files.

Programs which support OGV file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open OGV files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with OGV suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Updated: 05/29/2023

How to open file with OGV extension?

Being unable to open files with OGV extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with OGV extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install VLC media player software

Install software to open OGV file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OGV files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing VLC media player or different compatible program, such as Media Player Classic, J. River Media Center, Miro Video Converter. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support OGV files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading VLC media player installed is by going to developer’s website (VideoLAN Project Team) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of VLC media player and update if needed

Update software that support file extension OGVIf you already have VLC media player installed on your systems and OGV files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why OGV files are not compatible with VLC media player. The latest version of VLC media player should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Ogg Video Format files with VLC media player

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate OGV files with latest version of VLC media player you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with OGV file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the OGV with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where VLC media player is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open OGV files and clicking OK.
Associate software with OGV file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with OGV extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with OGV extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the OGV is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the OGV file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check OGV file for viruses
1. Verify that the OGV in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the OGV is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the OGV file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic OGV file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with OGV extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Ogg Video Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle VLC media player

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with OGV extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Ogg Video Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with OGV files affecting older versions of given software.

Conversion of a OGV file

File Conversions from OGV extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to OGV file
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