Convert Cinepak videos with FFmpeg for ImageJ

ImageJ cannot read Cinepak codec video files. Convert from Cinepak to popular video formats using FFmpeg.

Motion JPEG is widely-compatible with video players including ImageJ.

ffmpeg -i old.avi -c:v mjpeg -q:v 1 out.avi

Uncompressed AVI output file size could be a factor of 10 larger than the Cinepak version. By definition, every video player should be able to play uncompressed AVI–including ImageJ.

ffmpeg -i old.avi -c:v rawvideo out.avi

Lossless FFV1 preserves the original video quality with lossless compression. Many video players can handle FFV1 AVI video.

ffmpeg -i old.avi -c:v ffv1 out.avi

The advantage of using a PNG image stack comes in frame-by-frame analysis of the video.

You could also consider converting video to HDF5 using dmcutils/ for analysis purposes.

There are two plugins that attempt to address this for ImageJ:

But I found neither of them to work for me on the particular AVI Cinepak video I was given.