Improve Video Quality, Build Extremely Efficient Encoders & Decoders with Intel® VPA & Intel® SBE

Video Codec Developers: This could be your magic encoder/decoder ring. We're excited to announce new Intel® Video Pro Analyzer 2017 (Intel® VPA), and also Intel® Stress Bitstreams and Encoder 2017, which you can use to enhance the brilliance of your video quality, and build extremely efficient, robust encoders and decoders. Get the scoop and more technical details on these advanced Intel video analysis tools below. 

Learn more: Intel® VPA  |  Intel® SBE


Enhance Video Quality & Streaming for AVC, HEVC, VP9 & MPEG-2 with Intel VPA

Improving your encoder's video quality and compliance becomes faster and easier. Intel® VPA, a comprehensive video analysis toolset to inspect, debug and optimize the encode/decode process for AVC, HEVC, VP9 and MPEG-2, brings efficiency and multiple UI enhancements in its 2017 edition. A few of the top new features include:

video codec developerOptimized Performance & Efficiency

  • HEVC file indexingmakes Intel VPA faster and easier to use with better performance and responsiveness when loading and executing debug optimizations and quicker switching capabilities between frames.
  • MPEG-2 error resilience improvements (previously delivered for HEVC and VP9 analysis) 
  • Significant improvements in decode processing time by 30% for HEVC and by 60% for AVC, along with AVC playback optimization. This includes optimizations for skipping some intermediate processing when the user clicks on frames to decode in the GUI. 
  • Video Quality Caliper provides more stream information, and has faster playback speed. 

Enhanced Playback & Navigation

New performance enhancements in the 2017 release include decoder performance optimization with good gains for linear playback and indexing (for HEVC) to facilitate very fast navigation within the stream. Playback for HEVC improved 1.4x, and for AVC improved 2.2x.1

  • Performance analysis for HEVC and AVC playback (blue bars) consists of the ratio of average times to load one Time Lapse Footage American Cities sequence, 2160p @ 100 frames.
  • Performance analysis for HEVC Random Navigation (orange bar) improved by 12x and consists of the ratio of latency differences to randomly access the previous frame from the current frame, measured on 2160p HEVC/AVC video.


UI Enhancements​

  •  Filtering of error messages and new settings to save fixes
  • Additional options for save/load, including display/decode order, fields/frame, yuv mode, and more.
  • Improved GUI picture cashing.

And don't forget. With this advance video analysis tool, you can innovate for UHD with BT 2020 support. See the full list of Intel VPA features, visit the product site for more details. Versions for Linux*, Windows* and macOS* are available.

For current users, Download the Intel VPA 2017 Edition Now

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Build Compliant HEVC & AVS2 Decoders with new Intel SBE 2017  

Intel SBE is a set of streams and tools for VP9, HEVC, and AVS2 for extensive validation of the decoders, transcoders, players, and streaming solutions. You can also create custom bitstreams for testing and optimize stream base for coverage and usage efficiency. The new 2017 release delivers:
  • Improved HEVC coverage including syntax ensuring that decoders are in full conformance with the standard.  Longterm reference generation support for video conferencing. 
  • Random Encoder for AVS2 Main and Main 10 (this can be shipped only to those who are members of the AVS2 committee. (AVS2 format is broadly used in People's Republic of China.) 
  • Compliance with the recently finalized AVS2 standard.

Learn more by visiting the Intel SBE site

Take a test drive of Intel SBE -  Download a Free Evaluation2


1Baseline configuration: Intel® VPA 2017 vs. 2016 running on Microsoft Windows* 8.1. Intel Customer Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i7-5775C (3.4 GHz, 32 GB DDR3 DRAM). Gigabyte Z97-HD3 Desktop board, 32GB (4x8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800MHz) DIMM), 500GB Intel SSD, Turbo Boost Enabled, and HT Enabled. Source: Intel internal measurements as of August 2016.

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