Decoder Plugins

AVC, MPEG-2 and DVCPRO decoding filters for Microsoft DirectShow

Powerful filters to supplement your Microsoft DirectShow projects

The MainConcept® Decoder Plugin packs give you the option between four powerful filters to supplement your Microsoft DirectShow projects. The plugin packs employ MainConcept’s industry-leading AVC, MPEG-2 and DVCPRO HD SDKs giving even more flexibility to this multimedia framework.

Want to test the decoders first? MainConcept Showcase, a free utility, lets developers evaluate MainConcept decoders by performing feature testing in their own environments. ShowCase comes preloaded with the MainConcept DirectShow filters, making it the perfect evaluation tool.

With the Decoder Pack test tool ShowCase you get:

Simple test environment

Test the demo decoders by simply installing MainConcept ShowCase, our ready-to-use media player.

Numerous formats & streams

ShowCase offers a simple test environment to playback videos in numerous formats and streams including Blu-ray Disc,* Adobe Flash F4V streams, AVC Intra Class 50 & Class 100, DVD,* and a variety of cameras and devices from Sony, Panasonic, Apple and other manufacturers.

* If a DVD, Blu-ray or AVCHD file contains Dolby Digital (AC-3), audio cannot be played back and will be muted.

  • DirectShow filters
  • Supported streams and formats
  • Receivable streams & formats
  • Related SDKs

DirectShow filters

  • AVC/H.264 Video Decoder filter
  • MPEG-2 Video Decoder filter
  • VC-1 Video Decoder filter*
  • VC-3 Video Decoder filter*
  • DV/DVCPRO 25/50/HD Video Decoder filter
  • Motion JPEG Video Decoder filter
  • MPEG Audio Decoder filter
  • MP4 Demuxer filter
  • MPEG Push Demultiplexer filter
  • MPEG Pull Demultiplexer filter
  • MXF Demultiplexer filter 
  • DV Splitter filter
  • DV Dif Parser
  • Network Source filter*

*ShowCase only

Supported streams and formats

  • MPEG-1 System Stream (ISO/IEC 11172-1)
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • MPEG-1 Video (ISO/IEC 11172-2)
  • MPEG-1 Audio (ISO/IEC 11172-3)
  • MPEG-2 Video (ISO/IEC 13818-2)
  • MPEG-2 Audio (ISO/IEC 13818-3)
  • H.264 video (ISO/IEC 14496-10) or H.264 packetized into Transport Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • DV Video Streams (IEC-61834)
  • DVCPRO 25/50 Video Streams (SMPTE 314M)
  • DVCPRO HD Video Streams (SMPTE 370M)
  • Sony XDCAM HD, XDCAM DV (DVCAM) and XDCAM IMX MXF Streams
  • Sony XDCAM EX Streams
  • Panasonic P2 DVCPRO MXF Streams
  • Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100 MXF Streams

Receivable streams & formats

  • MPEG-1 System Stream
  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream
  • MPEG-1 Video
  • MPEG-1 Audio
  • MPEG-2 Video
  • MPEG-2 Audio
  • AVC/H.264 Video

Decoder Plugin Packs

MainConcept Decoder Packs are available for Windows (32-bit/64-bit).

MPEG-1/2
DirectShow filters for play back of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compliant streams
The MainConcept Decoder Pack MPEG-1/2 for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit platforms provides DirectShow filters for playback of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compliant streams in the Windows Media Player or any DirectShow supporting application. It allows you to decode the common MPEG-1/2 formats, such as Video CD, Super Video CD, DVD, Blu-ray and various others, including HD, HDV and HDTV in the highest quality using the renowned MainConcept audio, video and demuxer filters.

The MPEG-1/2 Video Decoder is optimized for Multi-Core PCs and takes advantage of DXVA enabled graphics boards for hardware acceleration. For audio formats, the Decoder Pack MPEG-1/2 supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-2.5, LPCM audio streams.
AVC/H.264 Broadcast 
Powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables playback of AVC/H.264 compliant streams
The MainConcept Decoder Pack AVC/H.264 Broadcast for Windows 32-bit & 64-bit platforms is a powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables you to playback AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) compliant streams in the Windows Media Player or similar media players that support DirectShow. This Broadcast version of the AVC/H.264 Decoder Pack supports all the formats of the AVC/H.264 Decoder Pack Pro and additionally supports AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100 streams. Additionally, it supports MPEG audio, as well as HDMV PCM for AVCHD and Blu-ray compliant streams. 
H.264/AVC PRO
Powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables playback of H.264/AVC compliant streams
MainConcept Decoder Pack AVC/H.264 Pro for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit platforms is a powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables playback of AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) compliant streams in the Windows Media Player or similar media players that support DirectShow. It allows decoding of the common H.264/AVC formats, such as AVCHD, Blu-ray, Sony PSP, Apple iPod and others, including AVC/H.264 HDTV in highest quality using the renowned MainConcept audio, video and demuxer filters. The MainConcept Decoder Pack AVC/H.264 supports MPEG audio, as well as HDMV PCM for AVCHD and Blu-ray compliant streams.
DVCPRO HD 
Powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables you to play back DVCPRO HD compliant streams 
The MainConcept Decoder Pack DVCPRO HD for Windows 32-bit or 64-bit platforms is a powerful set of DirectShow filters that enables you to play back DVCPRO HD compliant streams in the Windows Media Player or similar media players that support DirectShow. It allows decoding of DV, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO 100 streams. The package delivers considerably higher picture quality with decoding of video data rates up to 100 Mb/s.

System Requirements

Processor: For HDV playback, the recommended minimum requirements are an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 3.06 GHz or faster with Hyper Threading Technology. For HD and AVCHD decoding, the recommended minimum requirements are an Intel® DualCore processor 2.4 GHz or faster. We also recommend that you install the current Service Pack for the applicable operating system.

RAM: 2 GB or more 

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