Adobe Media Encoder Gets HEVC and VP9

(February 4, 2017: While the Fnord plug-in appears to be available, there’s no mention of the HEVC plug-in on the Vanguard site. Note that AME now has HEVC encoding in the latest version, most likely using the MainConcept HEVC codec).

In their latest Creative Cloud reveal, which I wrote about here, Adobe didn’t include either HEVC or VP9 in Adobe Media Encoder. It turns out they didn’t have to. Vanguard Video and a company called Fnord Software are doing it for them. First, HEVC.

Vanguard Video is releasing a module called V.265-PL; in beta now, pricing and release date was not mentioned, and I’ve requested a beta copy. Here’s a blurb from Vanguard Video’s press release:

V.265-PL uses the Adobe plug-in architecture to seamlessly add HEVC encoded output to Adobe® Media Encoder (AME), Premier® Pro, and After Effects®. The tight integration makes choosing HEVC output a natural part of the typical workflow and works in both immediate and batch encoding modes. The user interface provides controls for key parameters such as frame size, frame rate, rate control mode, and target and maximum bitrate. Advanced controls are provided for selecting GOP size, keyframe spacing, and scene detection sensitivity. Multiple speed modes offer a range of encoding performance, from maximum quality to high speed results.

The Fnord plug-in for VP9 is free and available now, here. Here’s the description and an image I grabbed from the Fnord website.

Download our free Premiere plug-in for WebM, the open movie format created by Google. WebM is the HTML-5 standard video format that relies exclusively on open source and patent-free technology. It uses the VP8 and VP9 video codecs together with the Vorbis and Opus audio codecs, wrapped up in a Matroska container. Like WebM itself, this plug-in is completely open source.

Designed with video professionals in mind, the plug-in exposes more advanced VP9 features such as 4:4:4 video sampling and 10/12-bit pixel buffers. For minimum clutter, only the most important encoding parameters have interface controls, while dozens of other settings can be adjusted using the custom arguments text field.


I’m getting a hot new HP Workstation in for testing later this month, and I’ll try to add Fnord’s plug-in to the test grid. Ditto with Vanguard Video’s plug-in, though I’ve asked for review copies of their technology many times and they never deliver. We’ll see. 

About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks, and evaluate new encoders and codecs.

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