FFmpeg formats and codecs

Last update : September 16, 2013

By typing ffmpeg -formats in the command prompt window, a list of all supported media formats by FFmpeg is returned. The same is true for ffmpeg -codecs to get the list of all supported video- and audio-codecs.

I am particularly interested in the following FFmpeg formats and codecs :

File formats :
D. = Demuxing supported
.E = Muxing supported

  • D aac                                           raw ADTS AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
  • DE ac3                                         raw AC-3
  • DE amr                                        3GPP AMR
  • DE asf                                          ASF (Advanced / Active Streaming Format)
  • DE avi                                          AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)
  • DE dv                                           DV (Digital Video)
  • E dvd                                            MPEG-2 PS (DVD VOB)
  • DE flv                                           FLV (Flash Video)
  • DE h264                                      raw H.264 video
  • E ismv                                         ISMV/ISMA (Smooth Streaming)
  • DE m4v                                       raw MPEG-4 video
  • DE mjpeg                                    raw MJPEG video
  • E mov                                          QuickTime / MOV
  • D mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2     QuickTime / MOV
  • E mp4                                          MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14)
  • DE mpeg                                     MPEG-1 Systems / MPEG program stream
  • E mpeg2video                             raw MPEG-2 video
  • DE mpegts                                  MPEG-TS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream)
  • D mpegvideo                               raw MPEG video
  • DE u8                                          PCM unsigned 8-bit
  • E psp                                           PSP MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14)
  • E vob                                           MPEG-2 PS (VOB)
  • D webvtt                                      WebVTT subtitle

D….. = Decoding supported
.E…. = Encoding supported
..V… = Video codec
..A… = Audio codec
..S… = Subtitle codec
…I.. = Intra frame-only codec
….L. = Lossy compression
…..S = Lossless compression

  • D.V..S fraps                                 Fraps
  • DEV.LS h264                               H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
  • DEVIL. mjpeg                              Motion JPEG
  • DEV.L. mpeg1video                    MPEG-1 video
  • DEV.L. mpeg2video                    MPEG-2 video (decoders: mpeg2video mpegvideo )
  • DEA..S pcm_u8                          PCM unsigned 8-bit
  • D.S… webvtt                               WebVTT subtitle