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libavformat - multimedia muxing and demuxing library


The libavformat library provides a generic framework for multiplexing and demultiplexing (muxing and demuxing) audio, video and subtitle streams. It encompasses multiple muxers and demuxers for multimedia container formats.

It also supports several input and output protocols to access a media resource.


ffmpeg(1), ffplay(1), ffprobe(1), ffmpeg-formats(1), ffmpeg-protocols(1), libavutil(3), libavcodec(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.