Opened 6 months ago

Last modified 5 months ago

#6821 new enhancement

SER file format

Reported by: deix Owned by:
Priority: wish Component: avcodec
Version: git-master Keywords: SER
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
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Hi FFmpeg developers,

I would like to propose integration of SER file format into FFmpeg. SER file format is a simple image sequence format, similar to uncompressed films. SER files are used for solar, lunar and planetary astronomy-imaging.

Authors homepage:
Technical description:

Example SER files:

Short article about SER format used in astro:
Open-source implemenation of SER player:

Sotware that uses SER:

Lucam Recorder (v2)
AiryLab? Genika Astro (v2)
Open Astro Project - oaCapture (v2)
SIRIL (v3)
FireCapture? (v3)
PIPP (v3)
WinJUPOS (v3)
AutoStakkert?!2 (v3)
AviStack? (v2)
RegiStax? (v2)
ImagesPlus? (v2)
Planetary impact flashes detection with DeTeCt? (v2)

Best regards
Michal Powalko

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 6 months ago by cehoyos

  • Keywords file format removed
  • Type changed from task to enhancement

What are the typically used ColorID's?
How is the version of the SER file signaled?

comment:2 Changed 5 months ago by deix

What are the typically used ColorID's?

For SER-files Version 2 it will be "MONO"; for Version 3 "RGB".

How is the version of the SER file signaled?

There is no version tag.
SER files with ColorID [0..19] are version 2.
SER files with ColorID [100..101] are version 3.

The SER format description version 3 should be taken as reference. Writing SER files should have the options for saving RGB videos:

  • lossless (as version 3)
  • with loss of information - BAYER grid (as version 2)
  • save the color channels R / G / B separately as version 2 MONO files
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