Encode and Decode Capabilities for 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors and Newer

Published: 11/21/2019, Last Updated: 11/21/2019

Introduction

Video content is typically compressed and encoded into a specific format when it is stored on hard drives, DVDs, Blu-ray* products, tablets, mobile devices, or broadcast media. When the content is played, uploaded on the internet, or copied, it must first be decoded and then re-encoded in the relevant format. This is due to the variety of web browsers, video players, and devices that support or play video at different formats.

The video encoding and decoding process uses video coding formats such as MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC or H.264), High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC or H.265) 1, VP8, and many more that adhere to standard specifications. The dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology decode and encode quickly, allowing the processor to complete other tasks and improve system responsiveness.

This document lists the media encode and decode capabilities for the 7th generation Intel® Core™ processors and newer.

Hardware Video Encoding and Decoding

7th generation Intel® Core™ processors and newer implement various media codecs in hardware as well as a rich set of processing algorithms. Table 1 provides the supported video codecs for these processors.

Table 1. Hardware video encoding and decoding codec support.

Processor Graphics

JPEG

MJPEG

MPEG-2 (H.262)

MPEG-4 AVC1 (H.264) 8-bit 4K 4:2:0

MVC (H.265)

HEVC1,2 8 bit (H.265) 8K 4:2:0

HEVC1,2 10 bit (H.265) 8K 4:2:0

VC-1

VP8

VP9 8 bit 8K 4:2:0

VP9 10 bit 8K 4:2:0

Intel® UHD Graphics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Intel® UHD Graphics 630

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® UHD Graphics P630

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® Iris Plus Graphics 655

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® UHD Graphics 610

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® UHD Graphics 620

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® UHD Graphics 615

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® HD Graphics 630

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

 

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® HD Graphics P630

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 650

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® HD Graphics 620

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® HD Graphics 615

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Intel® HD Graphics 610

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Yes

Yes

Decode only

Notes:
1 Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) supported on native HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 ports. S3D is not supported if  LSPCON is used.
2 HEVC encode supports Low Delay B-frame (LDB) and Random Access Hierarchical B-frame (HB). P-frame is not supported.
For all processor graphics listed here, there is no limitation on the number of concurrent sessions to transcode.

Related Information

Supported APIs for Intel® Graphics Controllers

Footnotes

1. In video compression, there are various algorithms for video frames called frame types (also known as picture types). The three major frame types used are Intra-coded picture frame (I-frame), Predicted picture frame (P-frame), and Bidirectional predicted picture frame (B-frame).

Product and Performance Information

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