Intel Releases Open Source Encoder for Next-Gen AV1 Codec

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Called Scalable Video Technology AOMedia Video 1 (SVT-AV1), Intel’s new encoder supports the Linux, macOS and Windows operating systems.

Intel has announced a new open source CPU-based encoder for the next-generation and royalty-free AV1 codec.

Intel is one of the main founding members of the Alliance for Open Media (AOM), the non-profit group behind the development of the AV1 codec, according to a report by Tom’s Hardware.

Called Scalable Video Technology AOMedia Video 1 (SVT-AV1), Intel’s new encoder supports the Linux, macOS and Windows operating systems.

Designed for server use-cases

This encoder is designed for running on Intel Xeon Skylake class hardware and newer. The memory requirements are a bit high with needing at least 48GB of RAM for 4K 10-bit streams with multi-threading on a 112 logical core system.

It is said that SVT-AV1 is primarily designed for server use-cases rather than desktop encoding.

Intel’s readme file says, “The SVT-AV1 development is a work-in-progress targeting performance levels applicable to both VOD and Live encoding / transcoding video applications.”

SVT-AV1 Encoder is licensed under the OSI-approved BSD+Patent license.

 

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