System Requirements

Architecture x64 and ppc64le
Operating System Windows 7, 8, 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Linux
Dependencies NVENCODE API - NVIDIA Quadro, Tesla, GRID or GeForce products with Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal and Turing generation GPUs.

NVDECODE API - NVIDIA Quadro, Tesla, GRID or GeForce products with Fermi, Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal and Turing generation GPUs.

GPU Support Matrix

NVIDIA Linux display driver 435.21 or newer
NVIDIA Windows display driver 436.15 or newer

DirectX SDK (Windows only) CUDA 10.0 Toolkit
Development Environment Windows: Visual Studio 2010/2013/2015
Linux: gcc 4.8 or higher

Download Video Codec SDK


If you are looking to make use of the dedicated decoding/encoding hardware on your GPU in an existing application you can leverage the integration already available in the FFmpeg/libav. FFmpeg/libav should be used for evaluation or quick integration, but it may not provide control over every encoder parameter. NVDECODE and NVENCODE APIs should be used for low-level granular control over various encode/decode parameters and if you want to directly tap into the hardware decoder/encoder. This access is available through the Video Codec SDK.


For application users


Cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. Includes NVIDIA Video Hardware Acceleration

  • Hardware acceleration for most popular video framework
  • Leverages FFmpeg’s Audio codec, stream muxing, and RTP protocols
  • Available for Windows, Linux
  • You can now use FFMPEG to accelerate video encoding and decoding using NVENC and NVDEC, respectively.
Read Using FFmpeg with NVIDIA GPU Hardware Guide

Learn more about FFMPEG

For application developers

Download Video Codec SDK 9.1


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What's new with Turing GPUs and Video Codec SDK 9.1

  • Up to 3x Decode throughput with multiple decoders on professional cards (Quadro & Tesla)
  • Higher Quality Encoding - H.264 & H.265 (Refer to devblog for more details)
  • Higher encoding efficiency (15% lower bitrate than Pascal)
  • HEVC B-frames support
  • HEVC 4:4:4 decoding support
  • NEW to 9.1- Encode: CUStream support in NVENC for enhanced parallelism between CUDA pre-processing and NVENC encoding
  • NEW to 9.1- Encode: Filler NALU insertion for achieving true CBR
  • NEW to 9.1- Encode: Control the number of reference frames used by NVENC (Turing GPUs only)
  • NEW to 9.1- Decode: Memory optimizations in sample applications

Documentation and Samples

For convenience, NVDECODE API documentation and sample applications are also included in the CUDA Toolkit, in addition to the Video Codec SDK download package.

Note: For Video Codec SDK 7.0 and later, NVCUVID has been renamed to NVDECODE API.


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