Load and play a video

Select a video to load and play.

Create a new folder in the bin/data folder of your OF project, name it "movies" and drop your video in it.

In the ofApp.h file:

Add an instance variable of type ofVideoPlayer for the video you wish to load.

ofVideoPlayer fingerMovie;

In the ofApp.cpp file:

In the setup function:

Load the video by calling the load() method of ofVideoPlayer, with the relative path to the video:

videoName.load("INSERT FILE PATH HERE");

Start playing the video:



void ofApp::setup(){

In your update() function:



void ofApp::update(){

In your draw() function:

videoPlayer.draw(xPosition, yPosition, width, height);


void ofApp::draw(){
    fingerMovie.draw(0, 0, 400, 300);

If you are on Windows and get the following Error:

“Error occured while playing or pausing or opening the file”

You may not have the right codecs installed to handle the file type you are trying to play.

Starting in OF release 0.9.0 the video player now uses DirectShow and not QuickTime. To support QuickTime video files or files like MP4 video you will need to install the video codecs onto your machine. We recommend the K-Lite Codec Pack - Version 12.1.0 Full April 18th 2016 which is free to download and adds support for many video formats.

Download K-Lite Codec Pack - Version 12.1.0 here.

Note: other newer versions of K-Lite might not contain the codecs needed for OF.

For more information:

take a look at: examples/video/videoPlayerExample