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Latest version (stable):
SoftReel v2.20

Latest version (beta):
SoftReel v2.30b4


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The Etymonix MPEG-2 (I-frame) video codec is a software video compressor/decompressor based on the standard Video for Windows (VfW) architecture. It can be used with a wide range of existing applications that support VfW codecs.

This codec is specifically engineered to preserve quality during image processing while providing better compression than lossless solutions. Typical compression ratios between 2:1 and 5:1 can be achieved. Along with the common YUV 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 modes used in the video industry, it provides a unique YUV 4:4:4 mode for better-than-broadcast quality. Test results show that live video can be decompressed and recompressed an infinite number of times with no visual degradation, even to the expert eye. This makes the codec ideal for video editing where the video may be processed many times.

Please note that this codec can't be used with native MPEG-2 files (*.mpg, *.vob, *.dat, *.m2p, *.m2v, *.mp2) since it is a VfW codec. Video for Windows requires the MPEG-2 data to be stored within an AVI container file. If you want to playback native MPEG-2 files, take a look at Etymonix SoftReel instead!

Key Features

  • Compresses to MPEG-2 I-frame pictures
  • Software-only solution does not require a hardware codec
  • Fully compliant with the standard Microsoft Video for Windows interface
  • Image quality is preserved even after many compression/decompression cycles
  • Simultaneously compresses and decompresses multiple streams
  • Operates in three modes: YUV 4:2:0, YUV 4:2:2 and YUV 4:4:4
  • A wide range of resolutions (up to 768x576) and frame rates (23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 frames/sec)
  • Supports NTSC (720x480) and PAL (720x576) resolutions
  • Supported by many applications (such as Adobe Premiere, Fractal Design Painter, Ulead Video Studio, Ulead MediaStudio Pro, Windows Media Player, Macromedia Flash MX)
  • Ideal for professional video-editing and archiving
  • Optimized for MMX
  • Supports both Intel and AMD CPUs
  • Runs under the Windows operating system (XP, 2000, NT4, Me, 98, 95)
  • User-friendly setup program fully automates install/uninstall procedure


The MPEG-2 Video Codec is distributed as shareware and its extended use requires registration. A 30-day trial period is allowed for evaluation purposes.

Registered users are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Encode video without the logo overlay
  • Technical support for bug fixes
  • Notification of new releases


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