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How to run Media SDK samples on Skylake

In the last few days, we have seen lot of concern for using Intel® INDE - Media SDK Client on 6th generation Intel® Core™ processors (codename Skylake) from the customers. We wanted to explain that we have not made any official release to support Skylake, however one can still install the latest Media SDK Client package( and use it on 6th generation Intel Core processor and below are the steps which shows how one can run basic encode/decode test to start with -

MFXVideoENCODE_Query() always returns MFX_ERR_UNSUPPORTED


I need a help with MFXVideoENCODE_Query() from Intel Media SDK. I wrote code posted below and unfortunately it doesn't work. MFXVideoENCODE_Query() always returns error MFX_ERR_UNSUPPORTED. I played with parameters, but each time failed.

At the same time, I'm able to encode video with these parameters using HW HEVC encoder on my Skylake. So, only MFXVideoENCODE_Query() doesn't work correctly for me.

I tried do the same for AVC codec and also tried to call MFXVideoENCODE_Query() after MFXVideoUSER_Load(), but in both cases I constantly get the same error.

Media SDK in GVT-D or GVT-G


I would like to try to use the Intel Media SDK in a GVT-D or GVT-G configuration under Xen or KVM (Esxi seems not good at any of the two technology).

The problem is: which Chipset and CPU supports GVT-*

Intel is not clear regarding the support. Reading around it seems you need a Xeon with Iris PRO. Iris and HD are not enough. Nor a Core i7 with Iris Pro.

Is there a particular place where you can check for it?

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