LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite Developer Toolkit

The Multimedia Suite SDK is a comprehensive collection of multimedia development technology from LEAD Technologies. By bundling features from the Multimedia SDK, DVD Module, Video Streaming Module, MPEG-2 Transport Module, Imaging Pro SDK and Distributed Computing SDK, the Multimedia Suite provides everything a developer needs to create enterprise level multimedia applications for a wide variety of industries including defense, broadcast, security and more.

Developers have access to all multimedia features including capture, playback, conversion, DVD, DVR, MPEG-2 Transport Stream with KLV, video conferencing, UDP/TCP/RTSP streaming and more. Development licenses for most LEADTOOLS codecs, multiplexers, demultiplexers and DirectShow Filters and Media Foundation Transforms are also included.

What's Included in the LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite SDK?

Audio and Video Playback

  • Play using any demultiplexer and codec
  • Play streaming audio and video from memory, disk and network
  • Navigate and play from DVDs
  • Pass surround signals through a SPDIF connection
  • Zoom video during play
  • Control playback speed
  • Apply DirectShow and Media Foundation audio and video processing filters during play
  • Capture and save still images to disk or memory from the video stream with frame precision
  • Set preferred MPEG-2 splitter to use in playback filter graph
  • Play MXF and MKV files
  • Play IIS Smooth Streaming Files
  • Select hardware devices to use for playback
  • Save player settings to file or stream
  • Set start and end frame for clipping playback
  • Get content and tag information
  • Read and seek DV timecode data

Audio and Video Capture

  • Capture from any DirectShow, Media Foundation or WDM compliant device including capture cards, webcams, and TV tuners
  • Capture high resolution video including 720p, 720i, 1080p, 1080i from HDTV digital tuner devices.
  • Enumerate and select all available audio and video devices programmatically
  • Capture in real time directly to file, memory, or create live streams for the Internet
  • Output the capture stream to any DirectShow or Media Foundation supported format including AVI, WMV, WMA, OGG, DVSD OGG, WAVE, MPEG-1 Audio (MP3), MPEG-1 System, MPEG-2 (Program and Transport), Matroska (MKV, WebM), MXF, ISO, MP4, MPEG-2 DICOM, DVD, Network formats, or a series of still images
  • Flicker free video preview with zoom
  • Programmatic control of TV tuner functions including input, format, and channel
  • Select the desired input such as TV Tuner, S-Video or composite video from multi-input capture devices
  • Enumerate and set capture device settings including resolution, frame rate, color space, format, brightness, contrast, zoom, and pan
  • Full integration with LEADTOOLS DVR SDK technology to pause, rewind, and fast forward live captures
  • Use a variety of audio sources including onboard, USB and web cam integrated
  • Closed captioning support
  • Real time capture statistics including number of frames captured and dropped
  • Supports DirectShow and Media Foundation video and audio processing filters to customize the capture
  • Capture in several modes including video only, audio only, and audio and video
  • Capture audio and video from DV devices without splitting the audio and video data, resulting in faster capture and fewer dropped frames
  • Programmatically control DV devices functionality such as play, pause, rewind, fast forward, record, and seek based on time codes
  • Load and save video to DV devices to download, edit, and save back the video to the device

Audio and Video Conversion

  • Convert any of the supported playback file formats to AVI, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, ISO (Flash HD, MP4, 3GPP, AAC, AVC1, MOV), IIS Smooth Streaming, FLV, XVID, ASF, Matroska (MKV, WebM), MXF, WMV, WAV, WMA, OGG, and more
  • Quickly convert from one file format to another without recompression such as MP4 to MPEG2
  • Supports DirectShow and Media Foundation video and audio processing filters to customize the conversion.
  • Add KLV metadata to an output MPEG-2 transport stream
  • Split large files into multiple, smaller pieces for distributed conversion and merge the results with no loss
  • Distribute conversion tasks or portions of files using the Distributed Computing SDK
  • Convert specific chapters or titles using the LEADTOOLS DVD Navigator
  • Join multiple files or split a larger file into multiple smaller files
  • Create videos from a series of still images, or create still images from a video
  • Preview the current frame being converted
  • Pause and resume conversion process
  • Load and save conversion settings
  • Add Script commands (header and stream) to Windows Media files
  • Convert closed captioning information to readable formats such as SubRip (SRT) or Text
  • Multiple types of IO supported for conversion including disk, memory, network stream, and custom source filters
  • Conversion logging options
  • Retrieve progress notifications during the conversion process
  • Output directly to DV
  • Calculate the estimated conversion output size prior to starting the conversion

Audio and Video Codecs

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite can utilize any DirectShow or Media Foundation codec to compress or decompress audio and video. LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite also provides the following audio and video codecs:

Video Codecs

Audio Codecs

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Product Comparison Chart lists all of the available Audio and Video Codecs available from LEAD.

Formats, Multiplexers and Demultiplexers

Playback, Convert and Save Any Input File Format Supported by DirectShow and Media Foundation Including:

Full list of multiplexers included with the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK.

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Product Comparison Chart lists all of the available Formats, Multiplexers and Demultiplexers available from LEAD.

Audio and Video Formats for Mobile Devices

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite technology provides the latest codecs for creating high quality audio and video files playable on most mobile devices such as the iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, ZEN and Mobile Phones. In addition to compressing audio and video content for a wide variety of devices, LEAD compressors are optimized to create the smallest files possible while maintaining the highest possible quality to fit even more audio and video files on mobile devices.

List of different mobile devices as well as the appropriate LEAD codec to create playable content for that device.

DirectShow Filters and Media Foundation Transforms

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite can utilize and control many DirectShow filters and Media Foundation Transforms such as encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, sources, and sinks. DirectShow filters and Media Foundation Transforms are multimedia components that can be used to compress, decompress, process, enhance or stream video and audio data.

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Product Comparison Chart lists all of the available DirectShow filters and Media Foundation Transforms available from LEAD.

LEADTOOLS Distributed Computing SDK

The LEADTOOLS Distributed Computing SDK provides developers with a complete framework which can be used to create powerful cloud-based applications. Utilizing a network of servers and worker machines, developers can easily create any kind of distributed, grid or parallel computing application.

Click here for more details about LEADTOOLS Distributed Computing SDK technology.

Multimedia for Medical and DICOM Development

The LEADTOOLS Medical Multimedia Module includes the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK and a collection of state-of-the-art DirectShow filters and Media Foundation Transforms for compressing and decompressing video and audio data inside DICOM files. It can be added on to the LEADTOOLS Medical and PACS Imaging SDK products and is included in the Medical Imaging Suite. This feature-rich product is designed to eliminate the complexity from converting cine images and video streams to DICOM objects including X-ray Angiography (XA), Ultrasound (US), Visible Light (VL), Secondary Capture (SC) and much more. The LEADTOOLS Medical Multimedia Module utilizes the most advanced compression algorithms used in the industry and approved by the DICOM standard including MPEG-2, HD MPEG-2, Motion JPEG, and Motion JPEG 2000.

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite Includes Technology From

All of the technology from the following products is included with the LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite:

Platforms and Programming Interfaces

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