The LEAD MPEG-2 Encoder and LEAD MPEG-2 Decoder provide everything needed to compress and decompress MPEG-2 videos in .NET (C# & VB) and C/C++ applications. The codecs support several levels (source formats) that range from Limited Definition (VCR quality) to full HDTV. In addition, the LEAD MPEG-2 codecs support several different profiles, which offer different sets of compression tools that make up the coding system.

Overview of LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Video Codec Technology

  • Full support of MPEG-2 compressed video data that adheres to the ISO/IEC 13818-2 standard
  • Easily create and play 1080p and 720p HD video
  • Highly optimized to take advantage of multiple threads on multi-core machines
  • MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 output stream
  • Fixed and variable bit rate compression options with a wide range of quality factors
  • Low, main, and high profile implementations
  • Preset compression options for DICOM, VCD, SVCD, and DVD formats
  • Create high resolution (720p/1080p) DICOM-compatible files with MPEG-2 compression
  • Inter-prediction accuracy of 1/2 pixel
  • Frame-rate adjustment
  • .NET (C# & VB) and C DLL libraries for 32 and 64-bit development

What is MPEG-2?

MPEG-2 is a high quality video compression and is primarily targeted for applications that require higher bit rates or high bandwidth usage, most commonly DVD videos, Super VCD (SVCD), box top DVRs, and digital television.

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LEADTOOLS SDK Products that Include MPEG-2 Codec

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.


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 Video Codecs are very diverse and cover the gamut of multimedia features and technologies. Many codecs 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 video codec.