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VirtualDub couldn't locate decompressor for format 'dvsd'

Just last week, I recorded some videos of my daughter on MiniDV tapes, using my Sony DCR-HC90 Handycam. After I transferred the DV to my computer, I tried to use VirtualDub to process it. VirtualDub report the following error message when it tried to open my DV file:

Couldn't locate decompressor for format 'dvsd' (unknown)

VirtualDub requires a Video for Windows (VFW) compatible codec to decompress video. DirectShow codecs, such as those used by Windows Media Player, are not suitable.

I've never encountered this error before. VirtualDub has always converted my DV's just fine. I didn't think DV standard changes over time. I couldn't think of anything that could cause VirtualDub to fail.

I was running VirtualDub 1.5.10 at the time. I figured maybe a update to the latest version would help. It's been a while since I updated VirtualDub anyway. I downloaded version 1.6.19 and installed it.

Next thing I know, it opened up my DV's just fine. I still don't know what caused the original problem. But if you ever bump into it, give the latest version of VirtualDub a try.

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Chieh Cheng
Mon, 13 Aug 2007 06:14:51 +0000

I am running VD 1.8.8 and still have this problem with DV-AVIs generated by MovieMaker. I will try re-installing this version since it is stable.

Sun, 10 May 2009 13:21:16 +0000

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