[FFmpeg-devel] List of Codecs, Containers, etc.

Piero Bugoni crboca32
Tue Jun 5 20:25:24 CEST 2007

Somewhat by accident, I came across a comprehensive
list of Codecs, and Containers.

It is here:


It is published by the Library of Congress (US), as
part of their Digital Preservation Program.

The list has tech info, but also encourages
contribution, as in:

"These descriptions provide information about file
formats, file-format classes, bitstream structures and
encodings, and the mechanisms used to compress files
or bitstreams. Inclusion of a format does not imply
that it is preferred or acceptable for Library of
Congress collections. Conversely, omission of a format
from the list does not imply that it is not preferred
or acceptable. Descriptions will be drafted and added
over time. Persons with specialized knowledge are
encouraged to review and comment on the descriptions
using this contact form."

The contact form is here:


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