Media Reference Stack

The Media Reference Stack (MeRS) is designed to accelerate offline and live media processing, analytics, and inference recommendations for real-world use cases such as smart city applications, immersive media enhancement, video surveillance, and product placement.

MeRS supports analytics and transcode workloads featuring software optimizations at each layer. It is built for Intel® Xeon® Scalable platforms and Intel® Processor Graphics. Customers, developers and CSPs who use this stack can gain a significant performance boost, from hardware up through the application layer.

The Media Reference Stack is containerized software integrating industry-leading components:

  • Ubuntu* OS 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa)

  • FFmpeg, an open source project consisting of a vast software suite of libraries and programs for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files and streams

  • GStreamer a pipeline-based multimedia framework which links together a wide variety of media processing systems to complete complex workflows

  • x264, an open source library and command-line utility developed for encoding video streams

  • Scalable Video Technology (SVT), a software-based video coding technology that allows encoders to achieve, on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the best possible trade-offs between performance, latency, and visual quality: AV1 & HEVC

  • Intel® OpenVINO (™) toolkit, an Open Visual Inference and Neural Network optimized toolkit, provides developers with improved neural network performance on a variety of Intel® processors and helps them further unlock cost-effective, real-time vision applications.

MeRS on Intel® oneContainer Portal

Search for optimized containers and solutions from Intel. Get production-quality Docker* containers designed to meet your specific needs for HPC, AI, machine learning, IoT, media, rendering, and more.

Source Code

The dockerfile fetches software from different projects and repositories as indicated in the dockerfile. For faster look up, all sources are collected in the following single point:

Reporting Security Issues

If you have discovered potential security vulnerability in an Intel product, please contact the iPSIRT at

It is important to include the following details:

  • The products and versions affected

  • Detailed description of the vulnerability

  • Information on known exploits

Vulnerability information is extremely sensitive. The iPSIRT strongly recommends that all security vulnerability reports sent to Intel be encrypted using the iPSIRT PGP key. The PGP key is available here:

Software to encrypt messages may be obtained from:

  • PGP Corporation

  • GnuPG

For more information on how Intel works to resolve security issues, see: Vulnerability handling guidelines

Supported Platforms and Media Codecs

The Media Reference Stack includes the Intel® Media Driver for VAAPI. Please cross-refernece the README of the media-driver repository for the supported platforms list.

A table of supported libva (VA-API) media codecs across various Intel platforms is available in the READEME of the media-driver repository.

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