lav2yuv - Convert a MJPEG file to raw yuv


lav2yuv [options] lavfile1 [lavfile2 ... lavfileN]


lav2yuv converts an MJPEG video sequence described by a sequence of MJPEG video files and/or edit lists pointing to such files into the simple uncompressed planar 4:2:0 Y’CbCr format, as used by mpeg2enc(1) MPEG encoder and image processing filters like yuvscaler(1) or yuv2dfilter(1) or yuvdenoise(1).

Output is to stdout so that by piping the output of lav2yuv into a suitable pipeline it is possible to process and then encode or play back video recorded in any of the mjpegtools MJPEG container formats: AVI, quicktime or edit lists describing editted versions of video held in such files.

Mixing different files with different video formats is currently not possible.

The -S -T -D options are used for scene detection which is used by linux video studio.


lav2yuv accepts the following options:

-m Force mono-chrome
-c Conceal frames containing corrupt MJPEG data by repeating the preceeding good frame.
-S list.el
 Output a scene list with scene detection
-T num Set scene detection threshold to num (default: 4)
-D num Width decimation to use for scene detection (default: 2)
-o num Frame offset - skip num frames at the beginning. if num is negative all but the last num frames are skipped
-f num Only num frames are written to stdout. 0 means that all frames are processed.
-A width:height
 Set/override the sample aspect ratio (SAR) emitted in the output stream header. Currently, the SAR is only auto-detected for DV files, and guessed otherwise.
-P width:height
 Set the intended/approximate display aspect ratio (DAR) for the stream. This value is only used to guess the SAR when it cannot be detected from the input stream. The default DAR is ’4:3’ (corresponding to a standard TV screen); another useful value is ’16:9’ (corresponding to widescreen TV).
-C chroma
 Set output chroma (default: ’420jpeg’). Currently, ’420jpeg’, ’420mpeg2’, ’420paldv’, ’422’ are available.
-x Exchange fields. Useful if the field order was reversed during editing.


This man page was originally written by Bernhard Praschinger. If you have questions, remarks, problems or you just want to contact the developers, the main mailing list for the MJPEG-tools is:

For more info, see our website at


mjpegtools(1), mpeg2enc(1), yuvscaler(1), yuv2lav(1), yuvdenoise(1), yuvplay(1)

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