Multimedia Introduction

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK is designed to provide developers with a full range of tools required to create professional, high-quality multimedia applications. With it you can add multimedia functionality such as Capture, Play, and Convert, as well as the latest DirectShow filters and multimedia file support. You can load/convert to and from many common file formats, such as WAV, AVI, WMA, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, OGG, FLV, MKV, WebM, and others. All in all, nearly 100 formats, media types, and subtypes are supported, with full control over compression.

The LEADTOOLS toolkit is flexible and gives you full control over the input, middle and output samples:

Input data can come from any of the following sources:

Data can be output to:

The input streams can be very different (MPEG-2 Transport over RTP, UDP or TCP/IP, RTSP server feeding RTP packets, http stream, etc), but as far as your application is concerned, all you have to do is set the stream URL as the source and the toolkit handles the rest. The output is handled in the same way: set the output to a URL and the toolkit will take care of streaming the data.


The LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK includes full or evaluation versions of many DirectShow and Media Foundation transforms. Filters and transforms include components such as encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, sources, and sinks.

Also included in the evaluation download are evaluation versions of the DVD writer, DVD burner, MPEG-1 multiplexer, MPEG-2 multiplexer, ISO multiplexer/demultiplexer, Screen Capture filter, Network filters (source, mux, sink and protocol manager) (TCP/IP, UDP, RTSP), DICOM medical toolkit filters, and more.

Refer to LEADTOOLS DirectShow Filters and LEADTOOLS Media Foundation Filters for a complete listing of available filters. Refer to the Multimedia Product Comparison Chart to see which licensed filters are included with the various LEADTOOLS products.

Evaluation versions of these filters can be licensed individually on an à la carte basis. For pricing on filter and codec client licenses, contact

Key Features

For more information, see the Feature Diagrams below.

Add-on Modules

The following add-on modules are available for the Multimedia SDK:

The LEADTOOLS DVD Module adds functionality for programmatically creating, capturing, authoring, burning, and playing DVD images.

The LEADTOOLS Streaming Module is perfect for developers who need to implement video conferencing or serve videos on demand, using a standard IIS web server or the Microsoft Media Server.

The LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Transport Module can be used to play and process MPEG-2 Transport Streams used by satellites and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The DVR components of the  LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Transport Module can be used to create and play DVR files, and adds DVR support to the Capture, Convert and Play objects.

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite includes the LEADTOOLS Multimedia toolkit, all of the modules listed above, and every LEAD codec and filter (except the DICOM filters). It also includes the LEADTOOLS Cloud SDK.

Product Demonstrations


The LEADTOOLS Multimedia toolkit features require that DirectShow 8.0 to be installed. There are also a number of files that you must include when you build your application.

Feature Diagrams

Burn a DVD:


Capture to file:


Capture to samples:


Play a sample:


Play a file:


Convert a file to a file:


Convert a file to a sample:


Convert a sample to a sample:


Convert a sample to a file:


Convert a DVD to a file (requires a special license. For more information, contact: ):



Supported Environments


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