importing vpb file extension

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Hi!

I would like to import a vpb file, (a video made on a Microsoft surface) but it seems that that file format is not supported by Camtasia 2019.

Does anyone have any idea that could help me?

Thanks a lot,

Afonso Domingues
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You can convert the video to a compatible format.

HandBrake is a free program.I don't know if it supports vbp conversion or not?https://handbrake.fr/

Regards,Joe
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It didn't work, but thanks for your reply, Joe!

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What app software was used to create a VPB file? 
See: https://www.solvusoft.com/en/file-extensions/file-extension-vpb/

"The VPB File Extension has one primary file type, Quantel VPB Image Format format, and can be opened with Unknown Software released by Unknown Developer. These files can be categorized as Raster Image Files. "

With all the "unknowns" I'm curious why anyone would install that s/w in the first place?  
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The video wasn't made by me. I've already asked the author which program does he used. I'm hopping to give you soon more news.
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This format appears to be a flat image file, not a video file.  I cannot find any reference to video with a vpb extension on the web.
If it is not video but in fact an image file that was created on a Surface, you should be able to open it on a Surface, and then export it in a more familiar format (or -- for example -- open it, do a screen grab and export the image file).
Meanwhile, I will ask my video guru if he knows anything about it.  He literally wrote the book on digital video, so he should know.
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I've come to a similar conclusion searching for that format on the web. It is perhaps only a flat image, although it is strange that on the Surface it can run a video with a length of about 15 minutes and it has a weight of 171 MB.

I’ll be looking forward for the opinion of your guru friend! Thanks a lot.

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This is an elusive format to track down.
No one knows seems to know what programs can open it or use it.

Being that it's 171MB it's likely a video with the wrong file extension for some reason?

I would make a copy of it, change the file extension to MP4,AVI, MOV, etc.
Starting with MP4. Then try viewing it on your computer.
If you find an extension that works.Great.

This VPB seems to pretty old.How it got installed/used on a modern surface tablet? Doesn't add up to me }:>(

Just throwing out ideas.
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A vpb file is a image file. (Quantel VPB Graphic)

The only program I am aware of that might open it is XnView

Here is a site you can analyze the file.
https://filext.com/file-extension/VPB

Before you do anything though I would run the file through Virus total

It is a file type capable of virus infection transmission.


Dubie:)
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Heres something for ya. You can open a vpb using https://www.xnview.com/en/

The file format appears in the list from this website.https://www.filedesc.com/en/app/xnview
Its roughly 2/3 of the way down the list.

Does this video have sound? I now suspect this may be a image sequence?
If your unfamiliar with image sequences.........
I create png sequences frequently. Exporting a video as a string of 100's to 1,000's+ individual images.
When you import them into a editor that supports sequences. There converted back into a video automatically. Being images, there is no sound.
Although, Ive never used a player that plays back sequences.

Its free and open source, so I'm going to download out of curiosity.

At least I found a media player that supports them. Theres also a batch converter on the XnView website. It can probably convert vpb to png.


I use Adobe CC. Neither Premiere Pro or After Effects has the vpb extension listed as supported.If Adobe doesn't support it.
I'm even more interested in learning how this video file was created.
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I was typing and researching at the same time. Your post came in ahead of me Dubie.
I cover some thoughts on this as well, So I'm leaving the post.
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Update.
I changed the file extension of a png to vpb. Imported it into the XnConvert.

It converted my image to jpeg without issue. It's not a true vpb file. And it won't export to vbp. Importing may be 1/2 the battle if you most go there?

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how do i import vob files in windows movie maker?
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Video guru has never heard of a VPB video file.  He is of the opinion that the extension is a typo for VOB.
My Camtasia 8.6 does not import VOB files; I have to convert them.
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VOB is a DVD format if I'm not mistaken.
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Indeed it is.  And unfortunately it is not always consistent, as I discovered when trying to import the VOB file from one of my old made-in-the-DVD-machine discs -- every single entry on the DVD was mashed together here and there with the other entries in a digital video quilt.  Took a lot of work to pry the pieces apart and reassemble them into their original form.
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Correct Rick, and I think VOB is limited to 480p?
rg: I think Handbrake can produce a single mp4 file from all the VOBs on a DVD. Just open the DVD in handbrake and let it do all the work.
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Ed - I actually had an opposite kind of problem.  The DVD I made using the built-in DVD mastering firmware of the physical machine created a single VOB file that had 2 minutes of video selection #1 followed by 1 minute of video #2 followed by 1 minute of selection #4 and then a minute of #1, etc.  It was nasty.  I ended up having to open it with a serious editing program and take it apart.  Kind of like building a car from scratch.
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reg - Do you have another DVD authoring tool? NCH is pretty good (Australian) - they offer a free one.
https://www.nch.com.au/burn/index.html?msclkid=c1fffd3de07114d8565ea0af6b21dcd9


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Thanks -- I've never had an issue with any DVD authored using Corel, Vegas, etc. -- just the $&^%# DVD machine making its own master ("closing" the disc).  I think it's because the recorder is pretty old.
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really guys- it's a Microsoft Photo's Video backup file - it's PART of W10. 
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A quick search of VPB file extension:

"The vpb file extension is mainly used for older Quantel VPB bitmap image format. Most likely some old format without support from the developer. No further information could be found. This vpb file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format."

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It seems that this thread has kind of died off. It's a lazy Sunday afternoon and I'm always up for learning new things so I decided to do some digging.

Looks like VPB is actually a Video Project Backup file that is used by the Microsoft Photos app.

(Just a side note here, but the app name "Photos" seems to belie its actual purpose. The actual purpose seems to be to create videos from assorted media. And photos are part of that media.)

Anyhoo, the Photos app can be obtained from the Microsoft store and appears to be totally free to install and use. It wasn't already installed on my own Windows 10 PC, so I decided to install it.

After you create a project in this app, you can save it for sharing with others by clicking the ellipsis in the upper right corner and choosing to Back up project. This would seem to have a similar purpose to the Camtasia action of File > Export > Zipped Project. But in Photos, you get a file with the VPB file extension. You can then send this VPB file to another user and allow them to edit further by importing it.



Unfortunately the thread kind of dies off with no real resolution, so we have no clue if Afonso ever resolved his issue. Assuming he didn't, it would seem the solution for him would be to install the Photos app, then click the ellipsis on the app starting screen and choose to Import backup. From there, he could then export as an MP4 that could then be used in Camtasia.


This looks like an interesting little app.Think I'll spend some time learning how to make it sing and dance.

Happy Sunday all! Rick :)
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I forgot the video capability existed in Photos.  It's kind of limited in terms of creating video clips, so I've never used it for that purpose (or really any purpose except for viewing photos).  As a test, I made a 3-image clip, applying one of the embedded styles, and saved a backup.  Never did see where or how (or if it is possible) to impose transitions on the images.  Not my cup of tea.

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Its a re-made version of Windows Movie Maker.
Which wasn't much to hang your hat on either.
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Yeah, it seems impossible to add transitions in that app. 

One of the things I always watch for is to note if any app does one or more things in a unique way to achieve a unique result. For example, the animated text or the 3D effects. Then thinking about how that may be possibly blended with other things to achieve results that are essentially impossible to achieve in Camtasia alone.
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Re "Its a re-made version of Windows Movie Maker.  Which wasn't much to hang your hat on either."  Jeez, I thought Windows Movie Maker was still on my PC!  That's how long it has been since I played with it.
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I haven't used it in years either, it's not compatible with Windows 10, or didn't ship with 10.

Irregardless, its designed for amateurs, Just like Photos.
You could add transitions in Movie maker though.