Matroska Container and FFV1 Video Codec

Online lecture given at “FRAME Tech”, hosted by INA, France, on 24 November 2021.


Past, present and future of the Matroska container and the FFV1 video codec.


  • The presentation’s slides (PDF, 466 KB, MD5 = eb5ba70d52bc28e5a9eceaec96e705bb).


Having graduated in both mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration thirty-five years ago. He has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by, and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in Donostia (San Sebastián). His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation. Previously he was head of preservation at the Cinémathèque suisse (the Swiss National Film Archive) as well as a lecturer at the University of Lausanne and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He served as an AMIA board member during four years. His work has seen him honoured with an inaugural JTS Award.

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