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FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video.

Its components include:

  • ffmpeg – Converts one video file format to another and supports grabbing and encoding in real time from a TV card.
  • ffserver – HTTP (RTSP is being developed) multimedia streaming server for live broadcasts that supports time shifting.
  • ffplay – simple media player based on SDL and the ffmpeg libraries
  • ffprobe – a media file prober
  • libavcodec – library containing all FFmpeg audio/video encoders and decoders (most developed from scratch for best performances and high reusability)
  • libavfilter – video and audio filtering library
  • libavformat – library of parsers and generators for all common audio/video formats
  • libavutil – utility library containing functions used by all FFmpeg components
  • libswscale – video scaler and pixel format converter
  • libswresample – audio resampler and sample format converter
  • libpostproc – video post-processing library



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GPLv2orlaterenyst23 August 2014
Optional parts of Ffmpeg are licensed GPLv2 or later, and they're activated when compiled with --enable-gpl option.
LGPLv2.1orlaterenyst23 August 2014

Leaders and contributors

Michael Niedermayer Project Leader
Hendrik Leppkes Developer
Carl Eugen Hoyos Developer
Stefano Sabatini Developer
James Almer Developer
Nicolas George Developer
Paul B. Mahol Developer
Christophe Gisquet Developer
Peter Ross Developer
Reimar Döffinger Developer
Marton Balint Developer
Ronald S. Bultje Developer
Fabrice Bellard Original Author
Derek Buitenhuis Developer
Clément Bœsch Developer

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Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 December 2014.


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