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Description

FFmpeg

Source type: 
Commercial
Commercial type: 
Non-Commercial
Function: 
Automatic information extraction, Quality assessment technologies
Audiovisual lifecycle: 
Access, Ingest
Version: 
2.2.3
Version date: 
June 3, 2014
Description: 

Transcoding Lossless Inspection Compression Quality control Open SourceFFmpeg is an open solution for analysing, transcoding, processing, and filtering audiovisual data. FFmpeg provides various tools, but most relevant to archivists is its command line tool to convert multimedia files between formats. Due to its extensive and actively developed codec library and open license, FFmpeg has been integrated as a crucial tool into some of the largest video processing institutions. FFmpeg supports a wide array of tasks for digital preservation including lossless transcoding, technical inspection, timecode burn-in, compression for web access, and quality control. FFmpeg is developed under GNU/Linux, but it can be compiled under most operating systems, including Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Most computing platforms and microprocessor instruction set architectures are also supported. FFmpeg is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2.1 or later. However, FFmpeg incorporates several optional parts and optimisations that are covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later. For those parts used the GPL applies to all of FFmpeg. FFmpeg is not available under any other licensing terms.

Reference: 
Tags: 
Transcoding, Lossless, Inspection, Compression, Quality control, Open Source, File Format Migration

Sustainability Factors

Development

Author: 
TRL level: 
Technology Readiness Level: 9
Platform: 
Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Platform specifics: 
Software dependencies: 
libav codec
Developing community: 
Open Source
Futher developments expected: 
Yes
Further development description: 
FFMpeg regularly updates code and aspires to launch major releases to developers approximately every 3 months.

Documentation

Available: 
Yes
Documentation text: 
http://ffmpeg.org/documentation.html
Fee: 
No
Resources: 
Download and install instructions: http://ffmpeg.org/download.html
This record was last updated: 
August 2, 2018