The MainConcept AVC/H.264 Codec Packages offer fast encoding and decoding speeds in excellent quality for your products in all profiles and levels supported by the standard. The encoder includes pre-configured templates for many media and devices, including adaptive streaming formats like MPEG-DASH and Apple HLS as well as for professional camcorder formats such as Panasonic AVC-Intra Class 50, 100, AVC-Ultra (AVC-I 200), Sony XAVC and XAVC-S compliant content.

The optional 4:2:2 and 10-bit support makes this MainConcept SDK package the ideal technology for all broadcast production, ingest and playout solutions. The MainConcept AVC/H.264 Decoder offers real-time decoding speeds in various profiles and levels supported by the standard, incl. professional camcorder formats from Sony and Panasonic.

Recent additions to the H.264 standard add HDR capabilities, as well as extended resolution up to 8K. With the optional add-on SVR360 it is possible to encode spheres with virtually unlimited resolutions for 360/VR applications.

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Key Features


Pre-configured Encoding Profiles

Many generic and ready-to-use encoding templates, incl. streaming formats like DASH-264, Apple HLS, HTML5 as well as Adobe Flash, and professional camcorders with Sony XAVC, XDCAM and Panasonic AVC-Ultra. Real-time decoding of many consumer, professional and broadcast AVC/H.264 formats.


2-Pass Encoding

Support for 2-Pass encoding to generate highest possible quality content. Suited for use-case where broadcast quality is the main requirement over performance.


UHD, 8K and HDR

Extended resolution encoding for 4K and beyond within the level limits of the AVC/H.264 specification. Enhanced contrast and color reproduction using either HLG or PQ transfer curves and SMPTE 2086 static metadata for full HDR-10 compliance and brilliant image reproduction.


AVC/H.264 Stream-Analyzing API

VESA API support in AVC/H.264 Decoder allowing in-depth analysis of stream parameters, such as buffer, picture, slice, macroblock levels, and many more based on the ISO/IEC 14496-10 specification.



Go beyond the resolution limits in AVC/H.264 and encode 360/VR spheres in virtually unlimited resolution to transmit the best possible quality to the viewer regardless of the projection method and zoom level in the viewing device.


AVC/H.264 Smart Rendering

Optional MainConcept Smart Render Package includes an encoder wrapper component which provides AVC/H.264 Smart Rendering functionality for frame-accurate editing, cutting and smart copy.

AVC/H.264 SDK Data Sheet

Detailed information and feature set overview of the available packages and their included components.

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Licensable Products

AVC/H.264 Encoder SDK AVC Video Encoder package to create AVC-based media up to 4:2:0 8-bit up to level 5.2 (4K60) with related audio and multiplexing components to support formats including MPEG-2 TS based formats like Blu-ray or non-fragmented MP4-based formats and MOV.
AVC/H.264 Encoder SDK Broadcast AVC Video Encoder package with support for up to 4:2:2 10-bit (plus 4:2:0 8-bit) up to level 6.2 (8K) and related audio and multiplexing components for formats including MPEG-2 Transport Stream, MP4 / MOV based formats and MXF formats like P2 and XAVC.
AVC/H.264 Decoder SDK AVC Video Decoder package with support for up to 4:2:0 8-bit video up to level 5.2 (4K60) and related audio and demultiplexing components for formats that use MPEG-TS or MP4 / MOV.
AVC/H.264 Decoder SDK Broadcast AVC Video Decoder package with support for up to 4:4:4 12-bit video and unlimited resolution with related audio and demultiplexing components for formats that use MPEG-2 Transport Stream, MP4/MOV and MXF like XAVC, P2 and similar.
AVC/H.264 Smart Rendering SDK Add-on package for AVC/H.264 Encoder SDK and AVC/H.264 Encoder SDK Broadcast providing functionality for frame-accurate editing, cutting and smart copy to speed up conversion of AVC/H.264 source content.
SVR360 Add-on feature license to AVC/H.264 Encoder SDK Broadcast allowing encoding in virtually unlimited resolution, specifically designed to meet the needs of 360/VR applications.


PlayBox Technology Case Study

PlayBox Technology Ltd. has licensed MainConcept’s HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 and DVCPRO HD Decoder SDKs within their CaptureBox Neo and AirBox Neo solutions. Besides its market proven Codec technology, AirBox Neo is also using MainConcept’s SCTE-35 SDK for inserting Dynamic Ad markers on-the-fly into MPEG-2 Transport Streams.

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FXHOME Case Study

HitFilm Pro is an impressive video editor and 3D compositor combines a non-linear editing solution with layer-based compositing and visual effects for filmmakers and motion artists supporting a wide range of formats such as AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-1/2, DV and DVCPRO for video, and AAC, AMR, PCM, WMA, MPEG and Dolby Digital (AC-3) for audio.

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