The MainConcept HEVC Encoder SDK offers comprehensive support for 4:2:0 Main and Main 10 profiles including support for BT.2020 enhanced color gamut as well as SMPTE 2084 based HDR-10, and HLG transfer characteristics signaling in accordance with ITU-R BT.2100-1. Depending on whether used on a 6th and 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor the encoder can leverage Intel Quick Sync Video technology for hardware-accelerated 8-bit and / or 10-bit operation and significant CPU load reduction. A similar option is now available for NVIDIA® GPUs to enable hardware encoding for dedicated systems turns the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 Video Encoder into the only existing all-in-one library for broadcast production workflows. The software encoder offers real-time 4K60 encoding for 8-bit and 10-bit profiles.

For solutions that cater to content preparation and transcoding into adaptive formats for digital delivery, MainConcept offers SABET™ enabling efficient accelerated encoding across profiles. The technology allows encoding of up to 12 output streams from a single source while maintaining equal high quality across all levels within an adaptive stream set by leveraging shared data.

The MainConcept HEVC/H.265 Decoder allows 8K60p real-time playback up to 10-bit 4:4:4 on dedicated systems. To obtain high-speed performance on supported low-end systems, the decoder offers a DXVA option to utilize GPU power for accelerated HEVC/H.265 playback on Windows. For HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, the HEVC Decoder fills dedicated HDR-10, HLG and PQ-10 data structure provided by UCC.

Key Features


Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET)

Efficient encoding of adaptive formats from a single source by sharing processing data across up to 12 different profiles, which reduces total encoding time by over 30 percent.


2-Pass Encoding

Up to 18% improved image quality compared to single-pass encoding with strict HRD- and target bitrate compliance.


High Dynamic Range Support

Signaling SMPTE 2084 based HDR-10 including SMPTE 2086 mastering display metadata and MaxFALL, MaxCLL. In addition, it supports HLG transfer characteristics signaling in accordance with ITU-R BT.2100-1.


Large Set of Decoding Profiles

Support of a many profiles in the MainConcept HEVC Decoder such as 4:2:0 8-bit (Main), 4:2:0 10-bit (Main 10), 4:2:0 12-bit (Main 12) and 4:2:2 8-bit (Main 4:2:2), 4:2:2 10-bit (Main 4:2:2 10) and 4:4:4 10-bit (Main 4:4:4 10), 4:4:4 12-bit (Main 4:4:4 12), DVB-T2. Additional, seamless hardware decoding of  H.265 video for improved CPU consumption if capable GPU available.

MainConcept HEVC/H.265 SDK Data Sheet

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

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Licensable Products

HEVC/H.265 Encoder SDK Stand-alone HEVC Encoder with related multiplexers and audio encoders
SABET for HEVC Encoder Add-on feature enabling Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology for more efficient ABR content creation.
2-Pass Encoding for HEVC Encoder Add-on feature enabling 2-Pass Encoding for highest visual quality in offline encoding.
HEVC/H.265 Decoder SDK Stand-alone HEVC decoder with supported demultiplexers and audio decoders

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