MainConcept ShowCase frees developers from integrating MainConcept’s Codec SDK decoding components into their own development for just testing the features, performance and quality. The evaluation process can now start right away by downloading our player application. MainConcept ShowCase comes for free and has all MainConcept DirectShow filters included. It is the perfect way to evaluate the MainConcept DirectShow filters, because the player includes the same filter versions as our renowned Codec SDK, and it gives an idea of their versatile functionalities.

MainConcept ShowCase provides a simple and efficient way to evaluate MainConcept codecs for decoding on your Windows PC. It enables experts and developers to play back videos from numerous formats and streams:

  • Blu-ray Disc*
  • Adobe Flash F4V streams
  • AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100
  • DVD*
  • Panasonic P2 DVCPRO and AVC-Intra
  • Sony PSP
  • Apple iPod
  • AVCHD*
  • … and many more!

ShowCase now also allows DXVA 2.0 Hardware Acceleration for H.264/AVC and MPEG-2 streams to enhance decoding performance on many systems.

MainConcept ShowCase comes with MeritMe! This easy-to-use tool enables users to change the usage priority of the filters, so that these will be definitely used for playing back your footage.

The new version of ShowCase allows users to install all demo decoders separately without the need to install the player GUI. You simply select the Demo Decoder Pack you need, in order to test it in the Windows Media Player. And if you do not need ShowCase, simply do not select it, and it is not installed. This makes it more convenient to evaluate the MainConcept Decoder Packs also in other media players than ShowCase.

* If a DVD, Blu-ray or AVCHD file contains Dolby Digital (AC-3), audio cannot be played back and has to be muted, so that only video is decoded in ShowCase.


MainConcept ShowCase is currently available for Windows only (32-bit/64-bit). Please note that the player is a demo only version, i.e. it adds a watermark to the decoded picture and has an audio limitation of 30 seconds for AAC (Advanced Audio Coding). The available codecs are:

  • H.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-1/2
  • JPEG2000
  • VC-1
  • VC-3
  • DV/DVCPRO 25/50/HD
  • MPEG Audio
  • LPCM
  • AAC

Interested parties that have evaluated MainConcept decoding products and want to license them or MainConcept ShowCase for integration into their own solution should contact their local sales representative or simply use our evaluation registration area on our web site.


Included DirectShow Filters:

  • H.264/AVC Video Decoder filter
  • MPEG-2 Video Decoder filter
  • VC-1 Video Decoder filter
  • VC-3 Video Decoder filter
  • DV/DVCPRO 25/50/HD Video Decoder filter
  • Motion JPEG Video Decoder filter
  • MPEG Audio Decoder filter
  • MP4 Demuxer filter
  • MPEG Push Demultiplexer filter
  • MPEG Pull Demultiplexer filter
  • MXF Demultiplexer filter
  • DV Splitter filter
  • DV Dif Parser
  • Network Source filter

Supported Streams and Formats:

  • MPEG-1 System Stream (ISO/IEC 11172-1)
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • MPEG-1 Video (ISO/IEC 11172-2)
  • MPEG-1 Audio (ISO/IEC 11172-3)
  • MPEG-2 Video (ISO/IEC 13818-2)
  • MPEG-2 Audio (ISO/IEC 13818-3)
  • H.264 video (ISO/IEC 14496-10) or H.264 packetized into Transport Stream (ISO/IEC 13818-1)
  • DV Video Streams (IEC-61834)
  • DVCPRO 25/50 Video Streams (SMPTE 314M)
  • DVCPRO HD Video Streams (SMPTE 370M)
  • Sony XDCAM EX Streams
  • Panasonic P2 DVCPRO MXF Streams
  • Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100 MXF Streams

Receivable streams and formats over a network:

  • MPEG-1 System Stream
  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream
  • MPEG-2 Program Stream
  • MPEG-1 Video
  • MPEG-1 Audio
  • MPEG-2 Video
  • MPEG-2 Audio
  • AVC/H.264 Video

Tech Specs

Operating system: MainConcept ShowCase is currently available for Windows only (32-bit and 64-bit), using DirectShow filters.

Processor: For HDV playback, the recommended minimum requirements are an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 3.06 GHz or faster with Hyper Threading Technology. For HD and AVCHD decoding, the recommended minimum requirements are an Intel® DualCore processor 2.4 GHz or faster.

We also recommend to always install the current Service Pack for the used operating system.

RAM: 2 GB or more


If you like to evaluate the decoder filters, we recommend downloading our MainConcept ShowCase software player as 32-bit and 64-bit version. This application includes all decoders we offer as MainConcept Decoder Packs as demo versions. It only adds a watermark to the video during playback and has an audio limitation of 30 seconds for some audio decoders.

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