Intel Media SDK

Intel Media SDK (Intel)

The Intel Media Software Development Kit (Intel Media SDK) is a cross-platform application programming interface (API) for developing consumer and professional media applications


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The Intel Media Software Development Kit (further referred to as the Media SDK) is a software development package that exposes the media acceleration capabilities of Intel platforms for decoding, encoding,video and photo processing as well as capabilities for capturing screen content. The API covers a wide range of Intel platforms. The Media SDK targets general application developers who want to integrate accelerated media into their applications.

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

Product Features

Key Features:

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

  • Hardware accelerated decode and encode using Intel Quick Sync Video technology on Intel processors with Intel HD Graphics, Intel Iris and Intel Iris Pro graphics
  • Development Efficiency: Code once now and see it work on tomorrows platforms
  • HEVC, AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, MVC and JPEG playback and encode (see documentation for supported platforms)

Plug-in: Media RAW Accelerator: Design software delivering visually stunning media by enabling RAW photo and HD/4K RAW video processing.

  • Get RAW camera output and quickly convert it to display compatible formats, applying color adjustment and effect filters in real time
  • Library ease of use is illustrated via a simple console sample

Plug-in: Audio: Deliver fast and quality audio playback and encode for AAC, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2.

  • AAC Audio Format Support: Decode low complexity (LC), long term prediction, parametric stereo, spectral brand replication (SBR) and HE AAC v. Encode LC & SBR, outputting for AAC-ADTS, RAW & ADIF. Stereo mode support for LR, JOINT & MS
  • MPEG Audio support: Decode MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Audio Layers I, II & III


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++