Image sequence into uncompressed 10-bit video


Transcode an image sequence into an uncompressed 10-bit video file.


ffmpeg \
    -f image2 \
    -framerate 24 \
    -i input_file_%06d.ext \
    -c:v v210 \

General command

ffmpeg \
    -f image2 \
    -framerate frames_per_second \
    -i input_file_regex.ext \
    -c:v v210 \

Command syntax

starts the command
-f image2
forces the image file de-muxer for single image files
-framerate frames_per_second
sets the frame rate
-i input_file_regex.ext
path, name with regex and extension of the input files
-c:v v210
video codec v210 is set
path, name and extension of the output file


An “uncompressed” “YUV” video file is, scientifically speaking, a video file with Y′CBCR colour space and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling. This is not the Y′UV colour space used for PAL video. One of the possible uncompressed 10-bit video formats is v210.

The parameters witch apply to the input files must precede them. Therefore the option -f image2 must precede the image sequence given as input.

The frame rate of sound film is 24 fps (frames per second) and the default frame rate of image2 is 25 fps, therefore we have to change it.

The regex %06d matches six digits long numbers, possibly with leading zeroes. This allows to read in ascending order, one image after the other, the full sequence inside one folder. The command must of course match the naming convention actually used. And for image sequences starting at 086400 (captured at 24 fps with a timecode starting at 01:00:00:00) or at 090000 (captured at 25 fps with a timecode starting at 01:00:00:00), add the flag -start_number 86400 or -start_number 90000 before -i input_file_%06d.ext.

The extension for TIFF files is .tif or maybe .tiff; the extension for DPX files is .dpx (or eventually .cin for old Cineon files). Other file formats are possible.

The video codec is specified by -codec:video, which is usually abbreviated as -c:v (-codec:v or -c:video are also possible). We advise to avoid the alias -vcodec.