libavcodec - Man Page

media streams decoding and encoding library


The libavcodec library provides a generic encoding/decoding framework and contains multiple decoders and encoders for audio, video and subtitle streams, and several bitstream filters.

The shared architecture provides various services ranging from bit stream I/O to DSP optimizations, and makes it suitable for implementing robust and fast codecs as well as for experimentation.

See Also

ffmpeg(1), ffplay(1), ffprobe(1), ffmpeg-codecs(1), ffmpeg-bitstream-filters(1), libavutil(3)


The FFmpeg developers.

For details about the authorship, see the Git history of the project (git://, e.g. by typing the command git log in the FFmpeg source directory, or browsing the online repository at <>.

Maintainers for the specific components are listed in the file MAINTAINERS in the source code tree.

Referenced By

ffmpeg-bitstream-filters(1), ffmpeg-codecs(1), libavdevice(3), libavfilter(3), libavformat(3).