.VQA File Extension

Westwood Studios VQA Video

Developer Westwood Studios
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What is a VQA file?

A VQA file is video used in a Westwood Studios video game. It contains a scene played within a game. VQA files were most notably used in early entries in the Command & Conquer video game series.

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Screenshot of a .vqa file in VLC media player
VQA file open in VLC media player

Founded in 1985, Westwood Studios produced a number of successful video games before being acquired by Electronic Arts in 1998. Most notably, Westwood Studios published:

  • The Command & Conquer series
  • Monopoly
  • Dune II
  • Blade Runner
  • The Legend of Kyrandia series

Many of these games used Vector Quantized Animation (VQA) videos for their in-game cutscenes. Different games used differently-formatted VQA files, as Westwood Studios updated the VQA format over time.

How to open a VQA file

Because VQA files are uncommon, most popular media players cannot play them. However, you can play VQA files in VLC media player, and you can convert them to a more usable video format using FFmpeg.

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Programs that open VQA files

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