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Deliver hardware-accelerated video encode, decode, and processing in applications for Windows* and Linux*—digital surveillance, retail, cloud gaming, video conferencing, and more.

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A Comprehensive API for Video Processing

Develop awe-inspiring video applications with state-of-the-art libraries, tools, and samples. They're all accessible via a single API that enables hardware acceleration for fast video transcoding, image processing, and media workflows.

  • Accelerate rich media performance. Speed up video playback, encoding, processing, and media formatting conversion.
  • Achieve real-time 4K video communication at 60 FPS HEVC decode and encode. Some Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors can get up to 18 AVC full HD at 30 FPS during transcoding sessions.1
  • Cut product time to market. Prototype, optimize, and productize your media pipelines with a comprehensive, convenient API.
  • Speed up transition to new codecs. Use efficient codecs with hardware acceleration to increase speed, compression, and quality across AVC, HEVC, and MPEG-2.
  • Debug and customize your products quickly. Find and solve application bugs, port applications to new operating systems, and add new features using source code for open source Linux*.
  • Deliver fast, high-quality, real-time video transcoding in:
    • Broadcasting
    • Over-the-top (OTT) delivery
    • Live video and video-on-demand (VOD)
    • Cloud gaming and remote desktop solutions
  • Access hardware-accelerated video codecs and programmable graphics on the latest Intel® processors.

Note Intel® Media Server Studio is no longer available but you can access its features in other products:

Intel® Media SDK (for media functionality, only)

Intel® VTune™ Amplifier

Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications


1. For more information, see performance benchmarks.

Who Needs the Intel® Media SDK?

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Developers Who Want to Quickly Process Video Files

Video is the largest and fastest-growing category of internet traffic, forecasted to be 82 percent by 2022.2 Developers who need fast video encoding, decoding, processing, media format conversion, and image processing use this SDK for:

  • Desktop or mobile video players and editors
  • Video conferencing or streaming applications
  • Smart camera and network video recorder software
  • Content capture and distribution for digital surveillance, industrial, retail, healthcare, and more
  • In-vehicle infotainment and instrument cluster firmware

2. For more information, see Cisco* Mobile Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2017-2022).

What's New

2019 Release

  • Ability to scale the HEVC software encoder across multiple cores for faster, efficient transcoding.
  • Enhanced adaptive long-term reference (LTR) compression support for the parameter ExtBrcAdaptiveLTR. It brings more efficiency for high-quality video while using less bandwidth for online gaming, video conferencing, and similar uses.
  • Support for a motion-compensated temporal filter that delivers better video quality by improving video denoising.
  • Enhancements to software and GACC HEVC encoders that improve video quality for a 100-bit color format

2017 R2.1 Release for Embedded Linux*

  • Features that improve video and image processing and quality for AVC, HEVC, and VP9
  • Support for 8th generation Intel Core, Celeron®, and Pentium® processors
  • Validated media stack for building robust solutions
  • Full access to hardware-accelerated codecs, Intel® Quick Sync Video, and processor graphics for speeding up performance

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