.VP3 File Extension

On2 Streaming Video File

Developer On2 Technologies
3.3  |  16 Votes

What is a VP3 file?

Streaming video file compressed on-demand using the VP3 video codec; contains compressed video at variable compression rates; used to send the highest video quality possible given bandwidth adjustments and fluctuations.

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VP3 files can be played in Windows Media Player and QuickTime provided they have the appropriate codec installed.

The VP3 format was created by On2 Technologies, and is now maintained by Xiph.org Foundation, who has updated the VP3 format to the Theora format.

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Husqvarna Viking / Pfaff Embroidery File

Developer SGSB Co. Ltd.
4.0  |  1 Vote

A VP3 file may also be a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) file saved in version 3 of the Husqvarna Viking / Pfaff format (VP3). It stores embroidery stitch information for a Pfaff or Husqvarna Viking sewing machine to stitch a pattern onto a piece of fabric. VP3 files contain information about one or more designs (typically just one) organized into "StitchBlocks," which are sets of continuous stitches in a specific color.

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Screenshot of a .vp3 file in BERNINA ARTlink 8
VP3 file open in BERNINA ARTlink 8

Pfaff and Husqvarna developed the VP3 format to replace the .VIP and .PCS embroidery pattern files used by older Pfaff and Husqvarna sewing machines. Older Pfaff models, such as the 7570, 7562, 7550, and 1400 series, utilize PCS files. Newer models, such as 2124, 2134, 2170, 2144, and 2140 use VP3 files.

What is the data structure of a VP3 file?

The VP3 format improves upon older formats by supporting extra design information, which has become necessary as patterns have grown more advanced and complex. The VP3 format typically consists of the following structure:

  1. File Header and Data - Includes metadata, hoop and design information, and the number of stitch blocks in the file.
  2. Design Block - Includes ColorBlocks, which are organized into StitchBlocks that store stitch information.
  3. Additional Design Blocks - Includes ColorBlocks for an additional design block. Most VP3 files only have one design block.

How do I transfer a VP3 file from my computer to a sewing machine?

To transfer a VP3 file to a sewing machine, insert a USB storage device in your computer. Then, transfer the VP3 file from your computer to the connected storage device via File Explorer in Windows or Finder in macOS.

After transferring the file, eject the storage device from your computer and insert it into the Pfaff or Husqvarna Viking sewing machine to transfer the design to embroider it onto the material. If your sewing machine is Wifi-enabled, you can download the design directly to the machine via the machine's touchscreen interface.

NOTE: Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines are owned by SGSB Co. Ltd.

How to open a VP3 file

You can open VP3 files with various applications, including BERNINA ARTlink (Windows), Wings Systems my editor (Windows), PREMIER+ Embroidery (multiplatform), and Wilcom TrueSizer (Windows). These apps enable you to convert VP3 files to other embroidery and image formats, such as .PES, .JEF, .JPG, and .PNG.

You can also view and convert VP3 files to other formats with the Embroidery Viewer and Converter web application and plugin for the Google Chrome web browser. If you are an Android user, you can use Touch Embroidery Free and Embroidery Viewer to open VP3 files.

Programs that open VP3 files

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