FFmpeg is a free software project consisting of a vast software suite of libraries and programs for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files and streams. The name of the project is inspired by the MPEG video standards mux64.exe, together with “FF” for “fast forward”. The logo uses a zigzag pattern that shows how MPEG video codecs handle entropy encoding. 2000, and was led by Michael Niedermayer from 2004 until 2015.

On January 10, 2014, two Google employees announced that over 1000 bugs had been fixed in FFmpeg during the previous two years by means of fuzz testing. The project publishes a new release every three months on average. Two video coding formats with corresponding codecs and one container format have been created within the FFmpeg project so far. The two video codecs are the lossless FFV1, and the lossless and lossy Snow codec.

In summer 2010, Fiona Glaser, Ronald Bultje, and David Conrad of the FFmpeg Team announced the ffvp8 decoder. Through testing, they determined that ffvp8 was faster than Google’s own libvpx decoder. It can also capture and encode in real-time from various hardware and software sources such as a TV capture card. Libav project, similar to libswresample from ffmpeg. Most codecs were developed from scratch to ensure best performance and high code reusability. FFmpeg encompasses software implementations of video and audio compressing and decompressing algorithms. These can be compiled and run on diverse instruction sets.