The Codec People


The renowned Codec manufacturer founded in Germany celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018, and continues to lead the market with best-in-class encoder and decoder SDKs for the broadcast market. Our product portfolio of high-quality codec and network streaming technology supports industry standards such as HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, DVCPRO HD, JPEG 2000, E-AC-3, HE-AAC, MPEG-DASH, HLS, RTMP, and many more.

While growing from a one-man company in 1993 to today’s global leader in audio / video codec and streaming technologies we are proud of our achievements in changing how the world consumes TV today, we are by far not done yet.


Long history, long relationships


With MainConcept you don’t buy and go. Our mission is to partner with customers by building a solution that has a positive impact in the market. The MainConcept Promise™ guarantees a fast integration of the technologies, the most efficient codecs available on the market, and a reliable partnership with frequent updates and constant improvements. Our customers, including Avid, Adobe, Telestream, Harmonic, Wowza, Sony, etc, are proud of decades long usage of MainConcept Codec SDKs. Our unique partnerships with broadcast technology vendors like Intel, Sony, NVIDIA, Panasonic and others allow MainConcept products to stand out from competition.

A kid from the 90s

Germany was just reunited when all began as a one-person start-up in Aachen in 1993. Twenty-five years later MainConcept employs an international team of leading codec experts located all around the world. With new offices opened globally and a network of local partners in every region, the MainConcept headquarters are still located in Aachen, Germany, the city of Charlemagne, Father of Europe! Local RWTH, the Technical University of Aachen, with its Institute for Communications Engineering, globally known for their researches in codec compression algorithms for MPEG based codecs like H.264 and HEVC, has been sharing knowledge, partnering on projects and a resource for MainConcept’s engineering teams.

25 Years MainConcept History


Gobal Development

In 2007 MainConcept expanded its engineering teams with a development center in Tomsk, Russia, built out of highly skilled codec and streaming engineers coming from TSU, the technical Tomsk State University of Siberia. These joint forces were the foundation of a much richer and more sustainable product portfolio, including highly optimized software development kits, microservice modules, ready-to-use transcoding applications and plugins serving professional video production, multimedia, broadcast, digital signage, medical, and surveillance industries.

Feel the Support Difference

From day one of your evaluation the global MainConcept team of professional support engineers is available for helping with SDK integration and their in-depth market experience. No long searching through online forums or trying to make open source tools work together, with MainConcept Customer Care you have direct and personal contact to our experts all around the world, unlimited. These MainConcept professionals help to achieve your goal: The launch of your product or service quickly and efficiently.

Thank You!

MainConcept thanks all partners for their 25 years of trust. We are proud to be part of your success story, and look forward to another 25 years of exciting codec innovations powering your software and services.

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