The MainConcept MPEG-1/2 Encoder and Decoder Packages enable software solutions to read, write and edit MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams in high quality with exceptional speed. The SDK is ideal for consumer-level products and broadcast usage. The full-featured encoder provides access to all MPEG setting as encoder parameters.

The MPEG-1/2 Video Encoder meets the highest broadcast quality standards and includes professional features like transport streams, 4:2:2 10-bit support, 2-pass encoding, XDCAM Compatibility and more. The MPEG-1/2 Video Decoder processes all sorts of MPEG video streams. It offers a DXVA option to utilize GPU power for accelerated MPEG-2 playback on Windows with dedicated graphics boards. The decoder can process and deliver Closed Captions (CC) and other userdata.


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Key Features


Full Spec Compliance

Software-based real-time encoding and decoding components up to full HD that are fully compliant with MPEG-2 (ISO/IEC 13818-2) and MPEG-1 (ISO/IEC 11172-2) specifications with support for High Profile and 10-bit 4:2:2.


Pre-configured Encoding Profiles

Many generic and ready-to-use encoding templates, incl. MPEG-2 based digital TV formats like DVB, ATSC and CableLabs, as well as professional camcorders like Ikegami GF and the Sony XDCAM format family. Real-time decoding of all consumer, professional and broadcast MPEG-1/2 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.


MPEG Smart Rendering

Optional encoder wrapper component providing MPEG-2 Smart Rendering functionality for editing, cutting and smart copy at any frame position. It automatically checks input stream against output settings for smart render compatibility and switches to re-encoding if smart rendering is not allowed.

MainConcept MPEG-1/2 SDK Data Sheet

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

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Licensable Products

MPEG-1/2 Encoder SDK MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Encoder up to 4:2:2 10-bit support, incl. 2-Pass encoding, and related audio and multiplexer components.
MPEG-1/2 Decoder SDK MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 Decoder up to 4:2:2 10-bit support with related audio and demultiplexer components.
MPEG-1/2 Smart Rendering SDK Add-on package for MPEG-1/2 Encoder SDK providing functionality for frame-accurate editing, cutting and smart copy to speed up conversion of MPEG-1/2 source content. Only works in combination with MPEG-1/2 Encoder SDK and MPEG-1/2 Decoder SDK.

Case Studies

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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