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FFmpeg  is a command line computer program that can record, convert and stream digital audio and video in numerous formats. It is composed of a collection of free software / open source libraries. It includes libavcodec, an audio/video codec library used by several other projects, and libavformat, an audio/video container mux and demux  library. The name of the project comes from the MPEG video standards group, together with "FF" for "fast forward".

The project was started by Fabrice Bellard the brilliant programmer behind TCC, a tiny 'C' compiler that is nine times faster than GCC . FFmpeg is now maintained by Michael Niedermayer. Many FFmpeg developers are also part of the MPlayer  project, and FFmpeg is hosted at the MPlayer project server.

Integrating FFmpeg into Audacity would allow it to import and export a wider range of audio formats. As of Spring 2008 this is currently an active candidate as an Audacity project for Google Summer of Code.