Transition Guide

Upgrading from Intel® Media SDK to Intel® oneAPI Video Processing Library

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Date 8/11/2021

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Upgrading from Intel® Media SDK to Intel® oneAPI Video Processing Library

This guide describes the 2021.4.0 release of oneVPL. Future behavior may change.


Intel® oneAPI Video Processing Library (oneVPL) is the successor to Intel® Media SDK.

Intel® Media SDK has a new name, oneVPL, but it is not a new software development kit. oneVPL is the 2.x API continuation of Intel® Media SDK API. The API upgrade provides an enhanced programming model and access to new features available on future hardware not yet released. In general, API updates and new hardware capabilities will be added only to the oneVPL API.

For currently available hardware, Intel® Media SDK and oneVPL provide the same access. Existing applications may continue to use Intel® Media SDK. Developers with existing Intel® Media SDK code should start to evaluate upgrading to be ready for new hardware features. New work, even for currently available hardware, should start with oneVPL.

Please check back for additional information on releases, updates, and more transition guidance.

Intended Audience

This guide is for developers who have applications written using Intel® Media SDK.

If you are a developer starting a new project that deals with video processing and you want guidance on choosing the best approach and an appropriate hardware, check out the following: