Build professional-grade media applications for client, mobile, and embedded IoT environments.


  • Enable real-time, hardware-accelerated video encoding, decoding, and processing with the full integration of Intel® Quick Sync Video. Run video and image processing with outstanding performance and high visual quality completely on the GPU while using the CPU for other tasks.
  • Decode, encode, and transcode video using hardware-accelerated H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), MPEG-2, VP9, VC-1, MVC, and Motion JPEG (MJPEG).
  • Flexible Encode Infrastructure (FEI) gives more control over the encoding process. It is only available for AVC encode with limitations.1
  • Support for multiple widely used video preprocessing filters:
    • Color conversion
    • Deinterlace
    • Denoise
    • Resize
    • Rotate
    • Crop
    • Composition and alpha blending
    • Frame-rate conversion
    • Video signal information
    • Mirroring (Windows* only)

For the Windows version:

  • HEVC codec components. Software- and GPU-accelerated HEVC (H.265).
  • Video Quality Caliper analysis tool performs sequence-level inspection of encoded or decoded video streams, and provides objective metrics such as PSNR and SSIM, all through an interactive interface.
  • RAW video and image processing. Quickly convert RAW camera output to display-compatible formats. Apply color adjustment and effect filters in real time for visually stunning media.
  • Audio decode and encode. Deliver fast, quality audio playback and encode for AAC, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2.

For the Linux* version:

  • HEVC codec components. Software and GPU-accelerated HEVC (H.265).
  • Metrics Monitor tool provides visibility into the GPU load metrics, utilization statistics for the hardware accelerators (such as VDBox, VEBox), and GPU execution units.


Enterprise-Quality Video Codecs and Processing Tools for Data Center, Cloud, and Network Use

Our video encoders are stressed in over 500 hours of qualification testing to help ensure high product quality in a variety of use models. More than 60,000 separate qualification tests are conducted with advanced controls from Intel: AVC, MPEG-2, and video pre- and post-processing filters.

HEVC Performance

benchmark of encode quality versus performance

benchmark for video decoding and composition

Video Transcoding: AVC to HEVC & HEVC to HEVC

Multistream Performance: HEVC on Intel® Xeon® Processors2 (1xRT = 30 FPS)

Number of Real-Time Streams (30 FPS)

Number of Real-Time Streams (60 FPS)

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Performance results are based on testing as of 2017 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See the configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.

For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit Benchmarks.

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Baseline configuration: 15 real-time HD AVC-HEVC or 4 real-time UHD AVC-HEVC transcode, 8 real-time HD HEVC-HEVC or 2 real-time UHD HEVC-HEVC transcode using Intel® Media SDK (target use: 7), all content 8-bit 4:2:0. Benchmark platform configuration: Intel® Xeon® E3-1585L v5 processor at 3.0 GHz, ring at 3.0 GHz, and GT at 1.15 GHz; primary BIOS version: SKLSE2R1.R00.B104.B01.1511110114; driver: Platform: RVP11 halo fab 2; operating system: Windows* Enterprise 8.1 x64, 16 GB memory, 2 DIMMS 2133 MHz, one socket, four cores, Iris® Pro graphics P580, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled, and next generation Intel® Virtualization Technology enabled.


Bitrate Control

table showing target bit rate quality level

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on microprocessors from Intel. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. Consult other information and performance tests while evaluating potential purchases, including performance when combined with other products. For more information, see Performance Benchmark Test Disclosure. Source: Intel measurements, as of June 2017.

1 Intel does not provide technical support for the FEI through the media community forum nor Priority Support. Building an application with FEI may take significantly more effort compared to the standard Intel Media SDK API.

FEI validation is limited. Some combinations of encoding parameters may lead to unstable application behavior, crashes, and hangs. Its API is not backward compatible. FEI is subject to the same EULA terms as Intel Media SDK. Some components are distributed as prerelease materials, which restricts their usage according to the EULA.

2 Specific hardware technical specifications apply. For more information, see performance benchmarks.