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Intel® Media Accelerator Reference Software

Develop end-to-end graphics and media solutions for vision devices using Intel® Graphics Technology and Intel® Quick Sync Video.

  • Decode, encode, and transcode using GPU hardware for video post processing and compositing
  • Enable AI inferencing using the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit
  • Run applications on Windows® 10 or Ubuntu* 16 LTS operating systems

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Hardware Accelerated Media Processing

Benefit from portability and compatibility with a range of processors that use Video Acceleration API (VAAPI) and Intel® Quick Sync Video via FFmpeg (Linux).

Immersive User Experience

This custom compositor enables creation of overlays, alpha blending, and rich media zones on Windows and Linux.

Quickly Validate Use Cases

Demonstrate use cases with preloaded presets, which include an intuitive GUI to create new custom use cases.

Who Needs This Reference Software

  • Developers of rich immersive content using the latest screen technologies
  • Computer vision developers using inference models to design information and content solutions that respond to the viewing audience
  • Independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators who need up to 120 fps to develop immersive video content with VP9* video codec, HEVC, and MPEG-2.

Use Cases

Deploy high-quality content for digital signage, interactive kiosks, video walls, interactive flat panel displays, and more, using features found in the Intel® Media Accelerator Reference Software.

  • Classroom learning and education
  • Transportation
  • Hospitality
  • Medical
  • Banking and finance
  • Sports and entertainment


Develop rich media applications and conduct inferencing with the software solutions included in the reference software.

  • Intel® Quick Sync Video
  • Intel Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit
  • Intel® Metrics Framework

The Windows* version includes:

  • Intel® Media SDK
  • Microsoft* Media Foundation
  • Microsoft DirectX* with Direct3D*

The Linux* version includes:

  • FFmpeg*
  • Intel® Automotive Solution Compositor for Wayland* Protocol

Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit

  • Enable convolutional neural network-based deep learning inference on the edge for computer vision applications
  • Support heterogeneous execution across accelerators—CPU, GPU, Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2, and FPGA—using a common API
  • Speed up time to market with a library of functions and preoptimized kernels


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System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Ubuntu* 16.04 (64 bit)
  • Windows® 10 (64 bit)


  • Intel® CPUs and GPUs
  • Intel® Processor Graphics

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