May 26, 2018

Video processing framework with simplicity in mind

VapourSynth is an application for video manipulation. Or a plugin. Or a library. It’s hard to tell because it has a core library written in C++ and a Python module to allow video scripts to be created. It came to be when I started thinking about alternative designs for Avisynth and most of it was written over a 3 month period.

The software has been heavily inspired by Avisynth and aims to be a 21st century rewrite, taking advantage of the advancements computers have made since the late 90s. The main features compared to Avisynth are

  • Multithreaded - Frame level multithreading that scales well
  • Generalized Colorspaces - New colorspaces can be specified at runtime
  • Per Frame Properties - Additional metadata can be attached to frames
  • Python Based - The scripting part is implemented as a Python module so you don’t have to learn a special language
  • Support for video with format changes - Some video just can’t stick to one format or frame size. VapourSynth can handle any kind of change
  • Compatible with a large number of already existing Avisynth plugins

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