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Save bandwidth compared to open source. Moscow State University’s (MSU) 2020 codec performance comparison proved MainConcept’s HEVC encoding superiority, showing up 30% greater bitrate efficiency than open source for fixed resolution video encoding.

With the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 Video Encoder SDK, it’s no longer necessary to choose between fast or good, you can have both. Combining the software encoding quality MainConcept has been known for years with the performance of hardware processing, the latest HEVC/H.265 Video Encoder SDK offers unmatched encoding quality at lightning speed.

The unique all-in-one API for seamless access to software encoding integrates Intel Quick Sync Video, NVENC hardware encoding, as well as Hybrid GPU Accelerated Encoding on NVIDIA RTX graphics engines*, to meet video compression requirements.

Support for 8- and 10-bit 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 profiles with HDR-10 or HLG in single- or 2-pass encoding can be optionally augmented with SABET™, allowing simultaneous creation of multiple ABR layers in a single encoder instance. 


The MainConcept HEVC/H.265 Decoder allows 8K120p real-time playback up to 10-bit 4:4:4 progressive and interlaced streams on dedicated systems.

It supports the new professional Canon XF-HEVC format, packaging 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC/H.265 into an MXF container, enabling existing workflows to support the same metadata as with current AVC / H.264-based broadcast formats.

To optimize processing power and free-up compute resources on supported lower-end systems, the decoder offers a DXVA option to utilize GPU power for accelerated HEVC/H.265 playback on Windows.

The decoder includes HDR processing algorithms that allow real-time PQ / HDR-10 to HLG, HLG to PQ / HDR-10 and PQ / HDR-10 to SDR conversion*. 

* Hybrid GPU accelerated encoding, SABET™, Canon XF Ingest and HDR conversion are optional features. 


MainConcept Hybrid GPU HEVC Encoding

The accelerated Hybrid GPU HEVC Encoder unifies MainConcept’s market-leading algorithms for bitrate control and quality software encoding with the unrivaled performance of NVIDIA's RTX architecture, bringing next generation HEVC processing. Hybrid GPU encoding on standard server hardware optimizes CPU and GPU processing efficiency while maintaining high quality.

Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET™)*

Intelligent ABR encoding in a single instance by sharing processing data across up to 12 different profiles, reducing the total encoding time by over 30 percent.

Canon XF-HEVC*

Supporting ingest, decode, and playback of HEVC 4:2:2 10-bit progressive and interlaced files. The Canon XF-HEVC format, wrapped into an MXF container, allows existing workflows to support the same metadata as current AVC / H.264-based broadcast formats.

Hybrid GPU accelerated encoding*

Combine the power of NVIDIA’s RTX Graphics engine with the quality and control of MainConcept’s encoding technology to accelerate video encoding without sacrificing quality.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Processing & Conversion*

Signaling SMPTE 2084 based HDR-10 including SMPTE 2086 mastering display metadata and MaxFALL, MaxCLL. HLG transfer characteristics are signaled in accordance with ITU-R BT.2100-1. The decoder also offers several algorithms that enable real-time PQ / HDR-10 to HLG, HLG to PQ / HDR-10 and PQ / HDR-10 to SDR conversion.

Expansive set of Decoding Profiles

Support for multiple natively progressive or interlaced decoder profiles: 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), 4:4:4 10-bit (Main 4:4:4 10), 4:4:4 12-bit (Main 4:4:4 12), and DVB-T2. Seamless hardware decoding support of H.265 video for improved CPU consumption with capable GPUs.


* Optional features

All-in-one HEVC Encoder SDK seamlessly integrates
hardware encoders from NVIDIA® and Intel®


Intel® Quick Sync Video hardware encoding is available within the MainConcept API as an easy on/off feature. By leveraging Intel Quick Sync hardware with MainConcept HEVC Encoding SDK, CPU load is reduced significantly during video processing.

Achieve more parallel channels in a single system for live encoding.


NVENC hardware-based HEVC video encoding, available with NVIDIA Pascal GPUs and later, is seamlessly integrated into the MainConcept HEVC Encoder SDK with a simple API option. This enables HEVC encoding with a small CPU footprint while improving processing speed or increasing the number of live channels per server. MainConcept HEVC Encoder SDK with NVIDIA NVENC is also supported in select cloud compute platforms.


Click here for a list of supported NVIDIA boards for encoding.

Licensable Products

HEVC/H.265 Encoder SDK SDK components required for HEVC encoding with related multiplexers and audio encoders. Stand-alone HEVC Encoder with related multiplexers and audio encoders (includes Intel Quick Sync Video and NVIDIA NVENC encoding options).
4:2:2 support for HEVC Encoder Add-on feature enabling 4:2:2 support in the HEVC / H.265 encoder.
SABET for HEVC Encoder Add-on feature enabling Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology for more efficient ABR content creation.
Hybrid GPU accelerated Encoding Add-on feature to enable GPU Accelerated Encoding on NVIDIA RTX boards.
HEVC/H.265 Decoder SDK SDK components required for HEVC decoding with supported demultiplexers and audio decoders.
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.

Case Studies

PlayBox Neo


PlayBox Neo uses MainConcept HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, and DVCPRO HD Decoder within their CaptureBox Neo and AirBox Neo solutions. Besides the market-proven codec technology, AirBox Neo is also using MainConcept SCTE-35 SDK for inserting dynamic ad markers on-the-fly into MPEG-2 transport streams.

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Camera operators shooting news or sports events in the field use professional camcorders with high-quality broadcast formats. For breaking news and mobile live broadcasting, bandwidth is limited and requires an efficient streaming codec. For encoding, Soliton Systems introduced the world's first HEVC/H.265 mobile hardware encoder for video transmission. On the client side, the MainConcept® HEVC Decoder SDK provides a flexible software solution that allows for real-time playback of HEVC/H.265 content.

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