AVIF (12/10/8-bit) image support for darktable

As I’m an amateur photographer, I’m using Open Source tools for developing my images. The software I use is called darktable. I think it is the best tool out there for editing RAW images.

From time to time I contributed small code changes to darktable, mostly bug fixes. Now I nearly finished my first feature for darktable, support for the AVIF image format.

AVIF support in darktable
From RAW exported and reimported AVIF images in darktable.

For implementing AVIF support I used libavif. Joe Drago the author of libavif was very helpful explaining all the details and helping me in debugging issues. Thank you Joe!

The code need to be polished a bit more and I need to decide what to expose in the export UI or better simplify for the user.

However there are some outstanding things that this will be a great experience for everyone:

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3 Responses

  1. Ulrike Häßler says:

    Hallo Andreas, I just try to read and write AVIF using Darktable on Mac OS, but I can’t see any of the .avif photos in my folders. Any advice? Ulrike

  2. You need darktable to be compiled with AVIF support. I’m not sure who builds the darktable for MacOSX, but I would suggest you ask on the pixls.us forums that AVIF support will be added.

  3. Ulrike Häßler says:

    Hallo Andres, thank you for your fast answer. I’ll go and ask. Ulrike

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