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ffmpeg-scaler - FFmpeg video scaling and pixel format converter


The FFmpeg rescaler provides a high-level interface to the libswscale library image conversion utilities. In particular it allows one to perform image rescaling and pixel format conversion.


The video scaler supports the following named options.

Options may be set by specifying -option value in the FFmpeg tools, with a few API-only exceptions noted below. For programmatic use, they can be set explicitly in the "SwsContext" options or through the libavutil/opt.h API.

Set the scaler flags. This is also used to set the scaling algorithm. Only a single algorithm should be selected. Default value is bicubic.

It accepts the following values:

Select fast bilinear scaling algorithm.
Select bilinear scaling algorithm.
Select bicubic scaling algorithm.
Select experimental scaling algorithm.
Select nearest neighbor rescaling algorithm.
Select averaging area rescaling algorithm.
Select bicubic scaling algorithm for the luma component, bilinear for chroma components.
Select Gaussian rescaling algorithm.
Select sinc rescaling algorithm.
Select Lanczos rescaling algorithm. The default width (alpha) is 3 and can be changed by setting "param0".
Select natural bicubic spline rescaling algorithm.
Enable printing/debug logging.
Enable accurate rounding.
Enable full chroma interpolation.
Select full chroma input.
Enable bitexact output.
Set source width.
Set source height.
Set destination width.
Set destination height.
Set source pixel format (must be expressed as an integer).
Set destination pixel format (must be expressed as an integer).
If value is set to 1, indicates source is full range. Default value is 0, which indicates source is limited range.
If value is set to 1, enable full range for destination. Default value is 0, which enables limited range.
Set scaling algorithm parameters. The specified values are specific of some scaling algorithms and ignored by others. The specified values are floating point number values.
Set the dithering algorithm. Accepts one of the following values. Default value is auto.
automatic choice
no dithering
bayer dither
error diffusion dither
arithmetic dither, based using addition
arithmetic dither, based using xor (more random/less apparent patterning that a_dither).
Set the alpha blending to use when the input has alpha but the output does not. Default value is none.
Blend onto a uniform background color
Blend onto a checkerboard
No blending


ffmpeg(1), ffplay(1), ffprobe(1), libswscale(3)


The FFmpeg developers.

For details about the authorship, see the Git history of the project (, 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.