Encode and Decode Capabilities for 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors and Newer

Published: 11/21/2019  

Last Updated: 06/08/2021

By Ekaterina Mekhnetsova

Introduction

Video content is typically compressed and encoded into a specific format when it is stored on hard drives, DVDs, Blu-ray* products, tablets, mobile devices, or broadcast media. When the content is played, uploaded on the internet, or copied, it must first be decoded and then re-encoded in the relevant format. This is due to the variety of web browsers, video players, and devices that support or play video at different formats.

The video encoding and decoding process uses video coding formats such as MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)1, High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265) , VP8, and many more that adhere to standard specifications. The dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology decode and encode quickly, allowing the processor to complete other tasks and improve system responsiveness.

This document lists the media encode and decode capabilities for the 7th generation Intel® Core™ processors and newer. 

1. In video compression, there are various algorithms for video frames called frame types (also known as picture types). The three major frame types used are Intra-coded picture frame (I-frame), Predicted picture frame (P-frame), and Bidirectional predicted picture frame (B-frame).

Video Encoding and Decoding

7th generation Intel® Core™ processors and newer implement various media codecs in hardware as well as a rich set of processing algorithms. Table 1 provides the supported video codecs for these processors.

Table 1. Media codec support

Processor Graphics JPEG MJPEG MPEG-2 (H.262) MPEG-4 AVC1 (H.264) 8-bit 4K MVC 
(H.265)
HEVC1,2  (H.265)
8 bit
4:2:0
HEVC1,2
(H.265)
10 bit
4:2:0
HEVC
(H.265)
12 bit
VC1 VP8 VP9
8 bit 4:2:0
VP9
10 bit 4:2:0
VP9
12 bit
AV1
 Intel® Discrete Graphics
Intel® Iris® Xe MAX Graphics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Decode only Decode only Yes Yes Yes No Decode only
11th Generation Intel® Core Processors
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Decode only Decode only Yes Yes Yes No Decode only
Intel® UHD Graphics for 11th Gen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Decode only Decode only  Yes  Yes  Yes  No  Decode only
Intel® UHD Graphics 750 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Decode only Decode only Yes  Yes  Yes No Decode only
10th Generation Intel® Core Processors
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes No  Decode only Yes Yes Yes No No
Intel® UHD Graphics Yes Yes Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  No  Decode only Yes  Yes  Yes No  No
9th Generation Intel® Core Processors
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
8th Generation Intel® Core Processors
Intel® Iris Plus Graphics 655 Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes  Yes Yes  No  Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No  No 
Intel® UHD Graphics 610 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes  No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only  No  No
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes  No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Yes Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No  No
Intel® UHD Graphics P630 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
7th Generation Intel® Core Processors
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640 Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 650 Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  No  Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® HD Graphics 610 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® HD Graphics 615 Yes  Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  No  Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® HD Graphics 620 Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® HD Graphics 630 Yes  Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No
Intel® HD Graphics P630 Yes Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  No Decode only Yes3 Yes Decode only No No

Notes:
1 Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) supported on native HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 ports. S3D is not supported if LSPCON is used.
2 HEVC encode supports Low Delay B-frame (LDB) and Random Access Hierarchical B-frame (HB). P-frame is not supported.
3 Encode supported only on Linux
For all processor graphics listed here, there is no limitation on the number of concurrent sessions to transcode.

Related Information

Supported APIs for Intel® Graphics Controllers
Identify Your Intel® Graphics Controller

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