Intel® Media SDK GStreamer* Getting Started Guide

Published: 04/06/2017  

Last Updated: 04/05/2017

By Jiandong Zhou

Intel® Media SDK GStreamer* Installation Process

1 Overview

This document provides the system requirements, installation instructions, issues and limitations. System Requirements:

  • Intel® Core™ Processor: SkyLake, Broadwell.
  • Fedora* 24 / 25
  • Intel® Media Server Studio 2017 R2.

2 Install Fedora* 24 / 25

2.1 Download Fedora*

Go to the Fedora* download site and download Workstation OS image:

Fedora* 24:*-Workstation-Live-x86_64-24-1.2.iso
Fedora* 25:*-Workstation-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso

2.2 Create the installation USB

Get an imaging tool like Rufus to create the USB bootable image

2.3 Install Fedora* 24 / 25 on the system

For Fedora 25, you may log on to the system with "GNOME on Xorg" option in the Gnome login manager. This is because the default desktop for Fedora 25 uses Wayland, and the renderer plugin (mfxsink) native Wayland backend is not very well supported by the Fedora Wayland desktop. In this case, you should use the Wayland EGL backend in mfxsink for native Wayland rendering in Fedora 25 Wayland.

2.4 Configure the Fedora system (optional)

In case the user is behind a VPN, you may use the following method to set up the network proxy:

vi /etc/dnf/dnf.conf
# Add the following lines:
proxy=http://<proxy address>:<port>

Enable sudo privileges:

$ su
# vi /etc/sudoers
Find one line such like
  root    ALL=(ALL)    ALL
Then add one line for the normal user who wants to use sudo, e.g. for normal user "user"
  user    ALL=(ALL)    ALL

2.5 Install rpm fusion

Fedora* 24:

wget <> -e use_proxy=yes -e  http_proxy=<proxy_address>:<port>
sudo rpm -ivh rpmfusion-free-release-24.noarch.rpm

Fedora* 25:

wget <> -e use_proxy=yes -e  http_proxy=<proxy_address>:<port>
sudo rpm -ivh rpmfusion-free-release-25.noarch.rpm

2.6 Update system

sudo dnf update

3 Install Intel® Media Server Studio

3.1 Download Intel® Media Server Studio (2017 R2) Community Edition

Go to and download the tar.gz file

3.2 Installing the user-space modules

Note: Before starting the following command sequence, note that the last cp command may reset the system, the system may freeze for awhile and logout automatically. This is expected, continue logging in and resume the installation procedure. Create a folder for installation, for example “development”, download the tar file MediaServerStudioEssentials2017R2.tar.gz to this folder.

# cd ~
# mkdir development
# cd development
# tar -vxf MediaServerStudioEssentials2017R2.tar.gz 
# cd MediaServerStudioEssentials2017R2/
# tar -vxf SDK2017Production16.5.1.tar.gz 
# cd SDK2017Production16.5.1/Generic/
# tar -vxf intel-linux-media_generic_16.5.1-59511_64bit.tar.gz 
# sudo cp -rdf etc/* /etc
# sudo cp -rdf opt/* /opt
# sudo cp -rdf lib/* /lib
# sudo cp -rdf usr/* /usr

3.3 Install the custom kernel module package

3.3.1 Install the build tools

# sudo dnf install kernel-headers kernel-devel bc wget bison ncurses-devel hmaccalc zlib-devel binutils-devel elfutils-libelf-devel rpm-build redhat-rpm-config asciidoc hmaccalc perl-ExtUtils-Embed pesign xmlto audit-libs-devel binutils-devel elfutils-devel elfutils-libelf-devel newt-devel numactl-devel pciutils-devel python-devel zlib-devel mesa-dri-drivers openssl-devel

3.3.2 Download and build the kernel

# cd ~/development
# wget -e use_proxy=yes -e  https_proxy= https://<proxy address>:<port>
# tar -xvf linux-4.4.tar.xz
# cp /opt/intel/mediasdk/opensource/patches/kmd/4.4/intel-kernel-patches.tar.bz2 .
# tar -xjf intel-kernel-patches.tar.bz2 
# cd linux-4.4/
# vi
(Added: “for i in ../intel-kernel-patches/*.patch; do patch -p1 < $i; done”)
# chmod +x 
# ./
# make olddefconfig 
# echo "CONFIG_NVM=y" >> .config
# echo "CONFIG_NVM_DEBUG=n" >> .config
# echo "CONFIG_NVM_GENNVM=n" >> .config
# echo "CONFIG_NVM_RRPC=n" >> .config
# make -j 8
# sudo make modules_install
# sudo make install

3.3.3 Validate the kernel change

Reboot the system with kernel 4.4 and check the kernel version

# uname –r 

3.3.4 Validate the Intel® Media SDK installation

The vainfo utility should show the Media SDK iHD driver details (installed in /opt/intel/mediasdk) and several codec entry points that indicate the system support for various codec formats.

$ vainfo
libva info: VA-API version 0.99.0
libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva info: User requested driver 'iHD'
libva info: Trying to open /opt/intel/mediasdk/lib64/
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_0_32
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
vainfo: VA-API version: 0.99 (libva 1.67.0.pre1)
vainfo: Driver version:
vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
 VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointVLD
 VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointEncSlice
 VAProfileH264Main : VAEntrypointVLD
 VAProfileH264Main : VAEntrypointEncSlice
 VAProfileH264High : VAEntrypointVLD
 VAProfileH264High : VAEntrypointEncSlice

Prebuilt samples are available for installation smoke testing in MediaSamples_Linux_*.tar.gz

# cd ~/development/MediaServerStudioEssentials2017R2/
# tar -vxf MediaSamples_Linux_2017R2.tar.gz 
# cd MediaSamples_Linux_2017R2_b634/samples/_bin/x64/
# ./sample_multi_transcode -i::h264 ../content/test_stream.264 -o::h264 out.264

This test should pass on successful installation.

4 Install GStreamer*

4.1 Install GStreamer and corresponding plugins packages

# sudo dnf install gstreamer1 gstreamer1-devel gstreamer1-plugins-base gstreamer1-plugins-base-devel gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-extras gstreamer1-libav gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-devel gstreamer1-plugins-base-tools

4.2 Validate the installation

# gst-launch-1.0 –-version
# gst-launch-1.0 -v fakesrc num_buffers=5 ! fakesink
# gst-play-1.0 sample.mkv 

5 Build the GStreamer Media SDK plugin

5.1 Install the GStreamer Media SDK plugin dependencies

# sudo dnf install gcc-c++ glib2-devel libudev-devel libwayland-client-devel libwayland-cursor-devel mesa-libEGL-devel mesa-libGL-devel mesa-libwayland-egl-devel mesa-libGLES-devel libstdc++-devel cmake libXrandr-devel

5.2 Download the GStreamer Media SDK plugin

Go to and download the package to a "development" folder.

5.3 Build and install the plugin

# cd development/gstreamer-media-SDK-master/
# mkdir build
# cd build
# cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/lib64/gstreamer-1.0/plugins
# make
# sudo make install

5.4 Validate the installation

# gst-inspect-1.0 mfxvpp
# gst-inspect-1.0 mfxdecode
# gst-play-1.0 sample.mkv 
# gst-launch-1.0 filesrc location=/path/to/BigBuckBunny_320x180.mp4 ! qtdemux ! h264parse ! mfxdecode ! fpsdisplaysink video-sink=mfxsink

You can go to the following site to download the clip:

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