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Live Encoder

Powerful, real-time AVC/HEVC video encoding for adaptive streaming in up to 8K 10-bit

Real-time video encoding for every screen size

Live streaming at a professional level doesn’t need to be complicated. MainConcept® Live Encoder is a powerful all-in-one encoding engine designed to simplify common broadcast and OTT video workflows. With renowned MainConcept HEVC and AVC codecs built in, our intuitive user-interface allows you to package content for multiscreen delivery, using common input sources, in real-time.

With MainConcept Live Encoder, you can set up a live workflow to ingest, prepare, and stream audio-visual content that is compatible with every type of consumer device. It doesn’t matter if you are delivering video directly to a CDN or to an online video platform via RTMP, MainConcept Live Encoder ensures your live video is delivered reliably and in the highest possible quality.

System Requirements
Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows 10, Linux CentOS 7.9
Browsers: Mozilla Firefox v52.5.x ESR or newer, Google Chrome v62.0.x or newer, Microsoft Internet Explorer v11.0.x or newer

Live Encoder 3.1.2

Hardware acceleration for HEVC & AVC codecs

Parallel live HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoding on a single, cost-efficient desktop CPU, using Intel GPU technology for enhanced performance with Intel Core and Xeon E3 processors with a dedicated graphics unit. MainConcept HEVC Hybrid GPU acceleration is built in, giving you the best of both hardware and software encoding—even using AWS EC2 instances. And, if you use dedicated NVIDIA RTX boards, you get up to 2.5x better performance.

Live adaptive bitrate encoding to DASH & HLS

Live encoding to Apple HLS (both AVC and HEVC), DASH-264 (8-bit) and DASH-265 (8-bit/10-bit) in up to 8K resolution. Includes packaging as well as manifest and hybrid playlist generation. HLS creation is fully compliant with the latest updates to iOS and macOS, directly from Apple for enhanced resolution at lower bitrates. Encoding different quality layers and resolutions can be packaged in parallel for both DASH and HLS in a single job.

Flexible deployment via Web application & REST API 

The intuitive web-based interface offers easy configuration and management of MainConcept Live Encoder, with full access to all available presets and output formats. The XML-based public REST API provides quick and simple integration into existing workflow systems for external control.

  • Highlights
  • Input
  • Encoding
  • Processing
  • Output
  • Configuration


  • Proven performance, used for over 50,000 live events every year
  • Apple HLS and MPEG-DASH compliant
  • Common SDI and IP input sources
  • Real-time multiscreen encoding, with packaging and playlist generation
  • Live archiving to disk or Amazon S3
  • Up to 8K 10-bit resolution, with HDR10 support
  • Hybrid hardware & software live encoding modes for up to HEVC 8K60 using on-premise hardware or in AWS
  • Supported on Windows or Linux


  • SDI capturing
  • IP streams: UDP (MPEG-2/H.264 in MPEG TS), HTTP, RTMP, authenticated RTSP (in TS)
  • Hardware AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 decoding for IP ingest using Intel Quick Sync Video for dedicated Intel Core Processors or NVIDIA NVDEC technology
  • Optimized low-latency streaming
  • Video: AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, MPEG-2, VC-1
  • Audio: AAC, MPEG Audio Layer 1/2, MP3


  • Live encoding to HLS (AVC/AAC) up to 1080p (8-bit), incl. playlist and packaging
  • Live encoding to HLS (HEVC/AAC) up to 8K (8-bit/10-bit), incl. playlist and packaging
  • Live encoding to DASH-264 (AVC/AAC) up to 1080p (8-bit), incl. MPD and packaging
  • Live encoding to DASH-265 (HEVC/AAC) up to 8K (8-bit/10-bit), incl. MPD and packaging
  • Parallel packaging of MPEG-DASH and HLS
  • Simultaneous encoding of 8 MPEG-DASH or HLS quality layers


  • HDR-10 passthrough
  • Closed Caption (EIA-608 & EIA-708)
  • AMF data insertion into RTMP output via REST API
  • Ad-Insertion passthrough (SCTE-35 & SCTE-104)
  • Logo insertion
  • Slate insertion for lost signals
  • Loudness normalization (CALM-Act/EBU R128)
  • Video/Audio Processing Tools
  • Deinterlacing, framerate conversion, scaling
  • Channel mapping


  • Archive live streams to disk as MP4, or to Amazon S3 file storage
  • IP streams: RTMP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, HTTP
  • CDN Support: Akamai, Amazon CloudFront
  • Apple HLS AES-128 common encryption, including custom HLS encryption key file import


  • User Rights Management for administration and monitoring
  • SNMP Traps API
  • Redundancy Management (1+1, N+M)
  • Combined scheduler for encoding and publishing


MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/H.264
Encode live to AVC/H.264 up to 1080p, incl. Intel Quick Sync Video support.
MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/HEVC HD
Encode live to AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 up to 1080p, including Intel Quick Sync Video (AVC & HEVC) and NVIDIA NVENC (HEVC) support.
MainConcept Live Encoder HEVC 8K
Encode live to both AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 up to 8K60p (HEVC Hybrid Encoding) including Intel Quick Sync Video (AVC & HEVC) and NVIDIA NVENC (HEVC) support.
MainConcept Live Encoder AVC/HEVC 4K
Encode live to both AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 up to 4K60p. including Intel Quick Sync Video (AVC & HEVC) and NVIDIA NVENC (HEVC) support.