Flic Video

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This is the original format used by Autodesk Animator. You can find a complete description of the fli/flc format (both container and video codec) here http://www.compuphase.com/flic.htm.

The codec uses RGB colorspace: paletted RGB8, RGB15, RGB16, RGB24. RGB8 is tightly coupled with the VGA mode 0x13.

Compression methods are RLE-based.


There are many variations of flic container, the most common are the original FLI from Autodesk Animator and the extended FLC from Autodesk Animator Pro.

Standard FLIC files are video-only. However, various deviations also include audio.

The file format is chunk-based.

Magic Carpet

The game Magic Carpet contains FLIC files with a few deviations from the standard:

  • the files bear the extension .dat
  • The header is only 12 bytes instead of 128
  • The header is too short to carry speed info; all MC FLIC files appear to play fine at 15 fps
  • Even though they report themselves to be 0xAF12-type FLIC files and have 256_COLOR palette chunks, the files are actually 320x200 pixels and have 6-bit palettes like 0xAF11-type FLIC files