[FFmpeg-user] ffmpg -formats or ffmpeg -codecs ?

Mike Scheutzow mjs973 at optonline.net
Sat May 5 14:49:02 CEST 2012

PyProg PyProg wrote:
> What is the real difference between the command: ffmpeg -formats and
> the command: ffmpeg -codecs ?

'ffmpeg -formats' lists the containers supported by that build of 
ffmpeg. A container holds one or more 'streams' (also called 'tracks'), 
and a container typically has synchronization information (timestamps) 
for each track.

'ffmpeg -codecs' lists the elementary stream codecs (encoder or decoder) 
supported by that build of ffmpeg. A 'codec' converts between the 
compressed and uncompressed representations (video or audio or whatever).

Mike Scheutzow

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