Intel® Media SDK

Intel® Media SDK

A cross-platform API for developing media applications on Windows*

  • Fast video playback, encode, processing, media format conversion and video conferencing
  • Acceleration of RAW video and image processing
  • Audio decode & encode support

Take your client and mobile media applications for Windows* to the next level with Intel Media SDK acceleration.

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Foundation: Media SDK

Use the cross-platform API to get fast video playback, encoding and processing to applications for Windows.


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Plug-in: Media RAW Accelerator for Windows*

Design products delivering visually stunning media by enabling RAW photo and 4K RAW video processing. This feature is builds on top of the Media SDK.


Plug-in: Audio for Windows*

Add a plug-in to deliver quality sound with audio encode & decode for AAC. MPEG-1 & MPEG-2


What's New

  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors support
  • 10 bit HEVC decoder & encoder, VP9 decoder
  • Learn more in this blog

Technical Specifications

Required Hardware:

  • 3rd Generation (or later) Intel® Core™ processors
  • Intel® Core™ M processors
  • Selected SKUs of Intel® Celeron™, Intel® Pentium™ and Intel® Atom™ processors with Intel HD Graphics supporting Intel® Quick Sync Video.

Required OS: Microsoft Windows* 7/8.1/10

Supported Languages: C and C++


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Intel® Media Server Studio: A comprehensive suite including the Media SDK, runtimes, graphics drivers, analysis tools and more. Preferred choice for server applications.