Jean-Baptiste Kempf

Industry Fellow: Jean-Baptiste Kempf

I’m extremely happy that my contribution to our industry for the last 15 years is recognized, and it’s quite humbling, to be honest. It is notably humbling, because most of the work I’m recognized for is achieved through community effort and team work. Open source is the way of the future.

About Jean-Baptiste

Son of a professor of macroeconomics, Jean-Baptiste Kempf attended the Lycée Henri-IV in Paris, passed a scientific baccalaureate, studied in a preparatory class for the Grandes Ecoles and then joined the École Centrale Paris in September 2003. He graduated in 2006 , specializing in IT and Telecommunications. He began his work on VideoLAN, a second year study project at the École centrale, and on VLC in 2003. He got involved in the VIA Centrale Réseaux association as vice-president, which works at the improvement of the computer network of the students. To give the project independence vis-à-vis the École centrale, in 2008 he founded the VideoLAN association, of which he has been president since. In 2012, he created the company Videolabs which sells services around VLC and financially supports the development of the software4. In September 2020, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer at Blade, replacing Arnaud Lamy. When Blade was taken over by OVHcloud in 2021, he was relieved of his duties as technical director. In 2022, he became a member of the Board of Directors of Weytop, a French Cloud PC company.

Industry Accomplishments

Jean-Baptiste has contributed a significant amount of his professional career to open-source software within the streaming media industry. He is one of the original developers of ffmpeg (the open-source encoding/transcoding software that is used extensively by professionals in the industry) and continues to provide his expertise and guidance to ffmpeg as a member of the community committee. Kempf is also a significant contributor to VLC, the open-source streaming media player that is part of the non-profit VideoLAN organization (which he founded). As part of his work there, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite (a very prestigious honor from the French president) in November 2018.