So: what can I do with those video codecs?

We’ve had a few people ask exactly what they can do with the new MPEG-2 and VC-1 licences we made available last week for download. As usual, the community is scarily on top of things here and has done our job for us. Ian Dixon has compiled a blog post with a very useful table and some video, showing you exactly what video formats you can play on your Raspberry Pi with an MPEG-2 and VC-1 licence if you weren’t quite sure where to start.

Thanks very much, Ian!


Gabriel avatar

Killing websites is becoming a habit here :D

liz avatar

Oops. :(

Karel avatar

RasPi, the new ./

When a website goes down, does it blow a Raspberry? :D

Jesper Juhl avatar

This makes my (one so far, more on the way) Pi that much more useful as a media center – which my “significant other” appreciates; so thank you :-)

Freddy avatar

I’d like to see h.264 in the table also

MrT00Tall avatar

Unlike apple pie, raspberry pi just keeps getting better and better! And it doesn’t even go bad after a few days!

Eric avatar

Is there a tool or way to verify if and which licenses are installed?
Or is the only way to test this by trying to play a video format with something like omxplayer?

Perhaps an entry in the /proc/ interface could help to determine which codecs are enabled?

utp avatar

I too second that, it would be nice to have some tool to check status of the licenses on Pi.


JJ avatar

Why not just look in the /boot/config.txt to check if the keys have been set? Unless you expect someone to put in fake values that should work OK?

Andy avatar

If you’ve got two Pis and one licence, you might want to know if it works on this one or the other

bigux avatar


ghans avatar

Perhaps it’s worth pointing out that you should update omxplayer to enjoy
other WMV variants which won’t play otherwise with the license.

Patrick Kirchner avatar

I ordered both codecs 7 days ago and my order states shows as completed but I never received the actual codes. The PDF files at for my account still show the bogus 1234567 codes. I’ve emailed [email protected] a couple of times but haven’t heard back. Is there a large backlog in codec order fulfillment or should I have received the actual code by now? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Patrick Kirchner avatar

I received the real codes for the codecs yesterday. I suspect the Pi folks are just swamped and there is a backlog, so don’t panic like I did when you don’t get yours right away. I probably wouldn’t have paniced had I not received the email stating the order was complete and the codes could be downloaded with the PDF links, which just contained the bogus codes.

john avatar

im thinking of getting one but i dont realy understand what some of the technical things mean
what can you do with it
can you help me out please! ☺ :)

JamesH avatar

I’d suggest posting in the forums, you are unlikely to get a relevant response here.

AdrianH avatar

Wouldn’t the car racing have worked anyway? It was 4HD. Isn’t this encoded with MPEG4?

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