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Content Overview

What is a FOURCC?
Definition of what FOURCC means and how it is used.

Video Codecs by FOURCC
A list of FOURCCs identifying various video codecs.

FOURCC identifier
With a so-called FOURCC identifier you can identify which FOURCC is required by a given media file.

Download video codecs
This section allows you to download from a big range of video codecs.

Q&A Forum
On our Q&A forum you can ask questions and see answers from other users of this website.

RGB Formats
Definitions of RGB pixel formats.

YUV Formats
Definitions of planar and packed YUV pixel formats.

Graphics Chips
FOURCCs supported by various graphics controller chips.

Sample Code
Hints, tips and sample code relating to FOURCC handling and video.


A few suggestions on registering your FOURCC with Microsoft

Help Me Out
FOURCCs whose definitions I have not been able to find and other related questions I am looking for answers to.

Site Credits
People who have helped provide information for these pages


This site was intended to deal mainly with raw pixel formats, those containing RGB or YUV samples, and not compressed formats such as Cinepak, Indeo and DivX. Over the 3 or 4 years that the site has been active, however, the amount of traffic hitting the codec list has grown to a point where it is about 99% of the site hits so I guess this is now a codec site after all.

The content of the site is derived from information sent by you, the users. If you are aware of any FOURCC not listed in these pages, please contact me with the information and I will add it on the next revision. You may also use the registration page to tell me, and Microsoft, about your FOURCC. Please note that, although I still manage this site, I have not been actively involved in PC video code development for about 5 years so you are unlikely to get a helpful answer to any technical questions relating to the current Windows multimedia architecture. Now if you want to know about satellite TV systems then…

Just for the record, this site is not affiliated to Microsoft, nor do they endorse it, etc. etc. etc……..