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MainConcept GmbH
Industry video/audio encoding
Founded Aachen, Germany, 1993
Founder Markus Mönig, Thomas Zabel
Headquarters Aachen, Germany
Area served
Key people
James Hale, Richard Campbell, Trevor Renfield
Products codecs, applications, plug-ins
Number of employees
> 100 employees worldwide
Parent Since February 2015, a wholly owned subsidiary of NeuLion, Inc.

MainConcept GmbH is a software company founded in Germany by Markus Moenig and Thomas Zabel. They specialize in developing video/audio codecs and also applications and plug-ins related to video/audio encoding. They are a subsidiary of NeuLion, Inc. with employees in Germany, Russia, United States and Japan.


MainConcept is a video codec supplier founded in 1993 in Aachen, Germany and a board member of the MPEG Industry Forum. The Russian video codec company Elecard discussed an opportunity to become part of the company between April 2005 and August 2006. In November 2007 MainConcept became a wholly owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc.[1] In June 2010, Sonic Solutions acquired DivX and its subsidiaries in a cash and stock deal valued at $323 million.[2][3] Rovi Corporation acquired Sonic Solutions (including the MainConcept business) in February 2011[4] and later sold off the DivX and MainConcept businesses in April 2014. In February 2015, NeuLion, Inc. acquired DivX, LLC including the MainConcept business.[5]

The company has specialized in video codecs since 1995 with a focus on standards, e.g. H.264/AVC, MPEG, AVC-Intra etc.

In 2001 MainConcept delivered the first MPEG-1/2 Codec and in 2004 the first H.264/MPEG-4 AVC was delivered.

In August 2007, Adobe Systems licensed the H.264 and AAC technology developed by MainConcept for integration into its Adobe Flash Player software.[6] In April 2010 MainConcept signed a strategic collaboration agreement with AMD to accelerate digital video encode.[7] In September 2010, the company launched MainConcept Reference 2.1 for Mac/Windows providing enhanced support for Mac OS 10.5/10.6, Apple iPad, HTML5.[8][9]

On June 4, 2013, Rovi Corporation released the MainConcept HEVC SDK 1.0.[10] SDK 1.0 supports Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET) which allows for the simultaneous encoding of up to 10 video output streams with reduced computing cost.[10] SDK 1.0 is available for Windows and SDK 1.0.1, which will be released in July 2013, will add support for Linux and Mac OS X.[10][11] SDK 1.0 supports the Main profile while SDK 2.0, which will be released in Q4 2013, will add support for the Main 10 profile.[11][12]

IP licensing / SDK products[edit]

MPEG -1/2 VC-3 Codec SDK
H.264/AVC H.265/HEVC Dolby Digital Consumer
JPEG2000 Motion JPEG Dolby Digital Pro SDK
MPEG-4 Part2/H.263 Converter & Scaler Dolby Digital Plus Pro SDK
DivX Network Streaming Scalable Video Coding
DV/DVCPRO 25 Audio SDK ShowCase
DV/DVCPRO 25/50 AAC MCE Encoder

Application & Plug-In products[edit]

TotalCode Studio TotalCode Studio Broadcast Pack TotalCode Studio Audio Pack Decoder Packs
H.265/HEVC H.264/AVC (10-bit, Intra Class 50 & 100) Dolby Digital Plus Pro MPEG-1/2
H.264/AVC XAVC-Intra Dolby Digital Pro H.264/AVC
MPEG-1/2 JPEG2000 DTS H.264/AVC Broadcast
Plug-Ins for Adobe Plug-Ins for Sony
Plug-In for Adobe Flash Media Encoder - AAC Encoder Plug-In for Sony XDCAM Browser & Content Browser
Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS6 - TotalCode for Adobe Premiere Pro Plug-In for Sony XDCAM SDK based Apps - XDCAM Decoder Pack
Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS6 - TotalCode for Adobe Premiere Pro Broadcast Pack Plug-In for Ziris Screen Cutter - AVC Encoder
Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS6 - TotalCode for Adobe Premiere Pro Digital Cinema Pack
Plug-In for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS6 - TotalCode for Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Pack Plug-Ins for IBM
Admira Decoder Pack

Supported Formats[edit]

iPod DV Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra
Flash DVCAM JPEG 2000
Blu-ray XDCAM IMX Digital TV


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DivX buys video technologies provider MainConcept for $22 mln". Reuters. November 14, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Sonic Solutions to Acquire DivX". Forbes. June 2, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ Robin Wauters (June 2, 2010). "Sonic Solutions To Acquire DivX In $323 Million Deal". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rovi To Buy Sonic Solutions For $720 Million". Forbes. December 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NeuLion Completes Acquisition of DivX". Marketwired. January 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ James "Dela" Delahunty (August 25, 2007). "MainConcept licenses core codec technologies to Adobe for Flash". AfterDawn. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Jai C.S. (April 12, 2010). "MainConcept and AMD Collaborate for GPU Acceleration". TMCnet. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "メインコンセプト、MainConcept Reference 2.1 for Mac/Windowsの日本国内販売を開始" (in Japanese). ProNews. September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "HTML5- תלת מימד ותמיכה ב- IBM בתערוכת MainConcept" (in Hebrew). September 12, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Rovi Releases MainConcept HEVC SDK". Rovi Corporation. 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  11. ^ a b "HEVC/H.265". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  12. ^ David Fox (2013-06-07). "Rovi releases MainConcept HEVC SDK". TVBEurope. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  13. ^ "Video filtering and compression by MSU Video Group". Moscow State University. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 

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