The file extension OGV is associated with the OGG container format, which is an open source format created by Xiph.org. Xiph is a foundation that develops open source protocols and a variety of different software that is used by developers and public users. OGG is an open source bitstream container format which uses open source codecs to stream audio and video. The format uses the OGV extension, and the codecs are used with a wide variety of both free and paid media players by different manufacturers.
OGV files are a video file type that contains text, video, and audio in addition to the Theora and Vorbis codecs. The files allow you to stream video from websites and they are used by developers when creating open source and commercial multimedia programs.
How to Open OGV Files
Since OGV files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. OGV files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open them.
In Windows you can open OGV files using Media Player Classic with the K-Lite Codec Pack installed. Media Player Classic is available as a free download on the SourceForge website. Other programs that will open OGV files in Windows include Miro Video Converter, DAPlayer, Win 7 Codecs, VideoMach, jetAudio Basic, MPUI, or J. River Media Center.
For Mac OS X, you can open OGV files using Miro Video Converter, which is an open source video conversion program that will convert a wide variety of video formats. Miro Video Converter will open OGV files and is available as a free download on the Miro Video Converter website. You can also open OGV files on Mac OS X using MPlayer, which is available as a free download on the relevant website, or HTML 5 Video Player.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application to open OGV files, you can use VideoLAN VLC Media Player, which is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and the Linux operating system. VLC Media Player is available as a free download on the VideoLAN website.
Since it is possible to convert OGV files to another format, there are a variety of video converters available as a free download on websites such as CNET and Softpedia. Some of the video conversion programs include Freemake Video Converter, Free Studio, Koyote Free Video Converter, FormatFactory and Hamster.