Bigger impact, better compression than AVC, and faster encoding with GPU acceleration—on your choice of hardware

Unmatched HEVC/H.265 encoding and decoding quality and performance

With 4K available on billions of devices and 8K hot on its heels, HEVC/H.265 has quickly become the next-generation video codec of choice (offering better compression than its predecessor, AVC). The MainConcept® HEVC SDK, used today by many top companies in the industry to power their software offerings, delivers on the promise of higher performance with up to 30% greater bitrate efficiency than open source and it continually ranks at the top for overall codec quality. Widely deployed across streaming and broadcast use cases with plentiful features and powerful options, the MainConcept HEVC SDK offers unmatched reliability. Create better, faster and smarter videos with our patented SABET™ Technology.

30% better bitrate than open source¹


2.5x with GPU acceleration²


with SABET Technology³


New heights for high-efficiency video encoding

MainConcept takes video encoding to new heights! With the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 SDK, compression is improved over AVC and you can operate using less bandwidth than with open source. In fact, the most recent codec performance comparison by the Moscow State University (MSU) proved MainConcept’s HEVC encoding superiority and showed 30% greater bitrate efficiency than open source for fixed resolution video encoding.

Accelerated hybrid GPU HEVC encoding

The Hybrid HEVC Encoder combines MainConcept’s market-leading algorithms for bitrate control and encoding with the unrivaled GPU performance of NVIDIA RTX technology, delivering up to 2.5x faster processing.1 This allows for more live channels per server with less demand for CPU resources when encoding, reducing overall hardware investments

Compared to MainConcept HEVC encoder without hybrid GPU acceleration

Smarter encoding with SABET Technology

Our patented Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET™) gives you intelligent adaptive bitrate (ABR) encoding in a single instance by sharing processing data across up to 12 different profiles, reducing the total encoding time by over 30%.2

 2Optional feature. Compared to MainConcept HEVC encoder without SABET.
U.S Patent #s 9,357,210; 9,532,080; 10,178,399

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Seamless integration with NVIDIA & Intel hardware
The SDK supports hardware encoding via Intel® Quick Sync Video and NVIDIA NVENC. Both hardware options are enabled by a simple interface that lets you realize improved processing speed or an increased number of live channels per server. The hardware choice is yours. The benefit comes from the integration.

Decoding profiles
Support for multiple natively progressive or interlaced decoder profiles from Main profile to 4:4:4 12-bit, and DVB-T2. Seamless hardware decoding support of H.265 video for improved CPU consumption with capable GPUs.

HDR processing & conversion*
With the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 SDK, you can not only output in SDR or two HDR formats, you can also convert between the formats in real-time. PQ/HDR-10 to HLG, HLG to PQ/HDR-10, PQ/HDR-10 to SDR conversion as well as full support for SMPTE-2086 metadata complete the decoder's feature set.

* Optional features


HEVC/H.265 Encoder SDK
HEVC Encoder SDK with supported multiplexers and audio encoders.
Encoder Addons
4:2:2 support for HEVC Encoder Add-on feature enabling 4:2:2 support in the HEVC/H.265 encoder.
Hybrid GPU accelerated Encoding Add-on feature to enable GPU Accelerated Encoding on NVIDIA RTX boards.
SABET for HEVC Encoder Optionally enables our Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology.
HEVC/H.265 Decoder SDK
Stand-alone HEVC Encoder with supported multiplexers and audio encoders.
Decoder Addons
Canon XF-HEVC Ingest for HEVC Decoder Add-on feature enabling ingest of Canon XF-HEVC recorded MXF files.
HDR Conversion for HEVC Decoder Add-on feature enabling PQ / HDR-10 to HLG, HLG to PQ / HDR-10 and PQ / HDR-10 to SDR conversion.
WebASM HEVC Decoder SDK Stand-alone HEVC/H.265 decoder for WASM, including ready-to-use JS sample for quick integration.