MSU Lossless Video Codec

MSU Lossless Video Codec
Developer(s) Dmitry Vatolin, Dmitry Popov, Sergey Putilin
Preview release
0.6.0 / September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)
Development status Unmaintained
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform IA-32
Size 157 KB
Available in English
Type lossless video codec
License Proprietary, free for non-commercial use

The MSU Lossless Video Codec is a video codec developed by the Graphics & Media Lab Video Group of Moscow State University. It was designed to provide space-effective lossless video compression. As of 2007 MSU had the second best compression ratio when compared to many other lossless video codecs,[1] with the better result shown by YULS codec.


MSU Lossless Video Codec is available as a Video for Windows codec. It can be used from such applications as VirtualDub or Adobe Premiere. Possible input formats are RGB24 (RGB), RGB32, YUY2, YUYV and YV12.

The codec is available free of charge for non-commercial use. As of 23 November 2011 the commercial license is unavailable. The source code of codec is unavailable.

Despite its name, the codec has several lossy modes.

Release history

Version Date Changes
0.6.0 September 19, 2005
0.5.8 March 20, 2005
0.5.6 February 14, 2005
  • improved VirtualDub support
0.5.2 February 6, 2005
  • YV12 support
  • Adobe Premiere support
  • speed settings
  • possibility to avoid P-frames
  • maximum I-frames configurability
  • VirtualDub jobs support
0.2.4p October 1, 2004
  • Windows 98 support
0.2.4 September 24, 2004
  • Initial public release


  1. "Lossless Video Codecs Comparison 2007", MSU Graphics & Media Lab (Video Group), 2007, retrieved 2011-12-07
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