Multimedia Formats

LEADTOOLS includes everything developers need to implement multimedia playback, conversion, capture, streaming, and processing of many audio/video formats and compressions in their .NET (C# & VB) and C/C++ applications. Programmers can leverage the power of DirectShow and Media Foundation without deep knowledge of either multimedia framework.

In addition to the codecs required to compress and decompress audio and video data, LEADTOOLS provides several multiplexers to combine and demultiplexers to split data streams from various container formats such as ISO (MP4), OGG, WebM (MKV), and FLV.

Play, Convert, and Save Any File or Stream Supported by the DirectShow or Media Foundation Frameworks, Including:

LEADTOOLS Multiplexers and Demultiplexers

LEADTOOLS can utilize any DirectShow or Media Foundation multiplexer or demultiplexer registered on the system. For some of the most popular formats, LEADTOOLS includes several implementations that offer better performance, support, stability, and flexibility than pre-installed or freeware options.

Technology Related to Multimedia Formats

Demo Applications that Include Multimedia Formats

Media Streaming Server

Demonstrates LEADTOOLS Media Streaming Server technology. With only one file placed on the server, it will stream to any device by automatically selecting the appropriate protocol (Universal Player). Or you may manually select a player for each of the supported protocols:

  • RTSP/RTP
  • Adobe Flash RTMP
  • Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • HTML5 Video
  • Microsoft Smooth Streaming (SSF)
  • MPEG-DASH
  • Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS)

LEADTOOLS SDK Products that Include Multimedia Formats

LEADTOOLS Multimedia v20

LEADTOOLS Multimedia is specifically designed for the development of audio/video applications across a wide variety of industries, including defense, broadcast, and security. The Multimedia SDK offers developers a full range of technologies that turn normally complex DirectShow and Media Foundation projects into simple tasks. The integration of core multimedia functionality, such as playback, capture, conversion, and processing into applications, is easier than ever before with LEADTOOLS Multimedia.

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite v20

The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite SDK is a comprehensive collection of multimedia development technology that provides developers with everything they need to create enterprise-level multimedia applications for a wide variety of industries, including defense, broadcast, security, and more. By bundling features from the Multimedia SDK, DVD Module, Streaming Module, MPEG-2 Transport Module, Imaging Pro SDK, and Distributed Computing SDK, Multimedia Suite offers a tremendous value for the world-class technology it provides.

LEADTOOLS DVD Module v20

The LEADTOOLS DVD Module extends the LEADTOOLS Multimedia toolkit by adding functionality to programmatically create, capture, author, burn, and play DVD images and discs. The module includes everything developers need to work with DVD multimedia, including a DVD writer to create images, DVD burner, menu navigator, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 multiplexers, MPEG Audio encoder, MPEG-2 video codec (Encoder/Decoder), several DirectShow Filters and Media Foundation Transforms to resize and crop videos, and DVD metadata extraction.

LEADTOOLS Streaming Module v20

The LEADTOOLS Streaming Module is perfect for developers who need to stream audio and video over the Internet or corporate networks for a wide variety of applications. This module adds on to the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK and includes the Media Streaming Server, a high-level framework for implementing professional multimedia streaming servers that can stream any file to any device. The Streaming Module also provides a programmer-friendly set of peer-to-peer tools for creating video conferencing and security/surveillance applications. In addition to the SDK features, the Streaming Module bundles together several of LEAD's world-class audio and video codecs that will lower costs and improve user experience through reduced bandwidth requirements and high-quality playback.

LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Transport Module v20

The LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Transport Module adds advanced MPEG-2 Transport and MPEG-2 Program streaming, playback, capture, and conversion capabilities to the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK. Developers can utilize robust UDP and TCP streaming with DVR and KLV metadata to create a wide spectrum of applications, including security systems, HDTV playback, and UAV ground stations.

NOTE: LEADTOOLS Multimedia Formats are very diverse and cover the gamut of multimedia features and technologies. Many formats are included with the base SDK products above, while some can be added á la carte or bundled together with various add-on modules. See the Multimedia Product Comparison Chart for more details on how to obtain each format.