VP3 is one of the most efficient open source video codecs and a version of the TrueMotion video codec, which was developed by On2 Technologies.
It has not been developed anymore since 2004 but it is still popular among users who enjoy its advantages: high quality video, low data rates and maintaining the video’s full framerate.

VP3 is a lossy codec which produces clear 320 x 240 videos which can be expanded to the 640 x 480 fullscreen resolution.

VP3 offers excellent web video quality, it needs a small amount of system resources on playback computers and it is recommended for broadband playback.

The color formats supported by VP3 are YUV 4:2:0. VP3 features temporal compression; its compression time is asymmetric and its algorithm is hybrid.

As a warranty of this codec’s quality, you need to know it has been licensed by Apple and RealNetworks for their Internet video players. The applications which have been made possible by this technology are videoconferencing, video games, digital VCRs, medical imaging, video electronic mail, video web broadcasting and many others.

VP3 is available both for Windows and QuickTime. VP3 for Windows helps users encode in VP3 video using any VfW-compliant encoders, while VP3 for QuickTime makes it possible to view MP3 encoded videos and to encode VP3 videos.

VP3 allows you to encode videos with different screen dimensions at different datarates. The output files can be played on various platforms.

VP3 has sustained Internet applications and it has contributed to the way the Internet looks today. In spite of being open source, VP3 offers a very good video quality while retaining the full framerate of videos.
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