About LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite SDK

Develop audio and visual applications across a wide variety of industries.

LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite SDK is designed for the development of audio/video applications across a wide variety of industries including defense, broadcast and security. This collection of powerful multimedia products from LEAD Technologies provides everything a developer needs to create enterprise level multimedia applications, bundling features from the Multimedia SDK, DVD Module, Video Streaming Module, MPEG-2 Transport Module, Imaging Pro SDK and Cloud SDK.

Developers have access to all multimedia features including capture, playback, conversion, DVD, DVR, MPEG-2 Transport Stream with KLV, video conferencing, UDP/TCP/RTSP streaming and more. Development licenses for most LEADTOOLS codecs, multiplexers, demultiplexers and DirectShow Filters are also included.

Overview of LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite Technology

  • Add imaging technology to single and multi-threaded applications
  • Development tools and components for Win Forms, Web Forms, WPF, C and C++ development
  • Includes 32 and 64 bit binaries for multimedia capture, conversion, playback and evaluation versions of more than 100 DirectShow filters including effects, sources, sinks, multiplexers, demultiplexers, color space converters, frame rate controllers, and codecs such as H264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and VP8. Some filters and codecs may require additional licensing, see licensing help file for more information.
  • Includes many broad and functionally specific demo projects with source code for VB.NET, C#, C, Visual C++ (MFC), VB
  • HTML examples for streaming OGG, H264, WMV H264, Flash and IIS Smooth Streaming video from websites
  • Includes a downloadable component to guarantee that the correct decoders are installed on the
    client’s computer before the video starts to play, eliminating the need for the client to reboot the computer before playing the video
  • Documentation includes sample source code for every function, method, property and event
  • Free technical support is available to customers and developers evaluating LEADTOOLS

Audio and Video Playback

  • Play using any DirectShow demultiplexer and codec
  • Play streaming audio and video from memory, disk and network
  • Navigate and play from DVDs
  • Pass surround signals through a SPDIF connection
  • Zoom video during play
  • Control playback speed
  • Apply DirectShow audio and video processing filters during play
  • Capture and save still images to disk or memory from the video stream with frame precision
  • Set preferred MPEG-2 splitter to use in playback filter graph
  • Play MXF and MKV files
  • Play IIS Smooth Streaming Files
  • Select hardware devices to use for playback
  • Save player settings to file or stream
  • Set start and end frame for clipping playback
  • Get content and tag information
  • Read and seek DV timecode data

Audio and Video Capture

  • Capture from any DirectShow or WDM compliant device including capture cards, webcams,
    and TV tuners
  • Capture high resolution video including 720p, 720i, 1080p, 1080i from HDTV digital tuner devices.
  • Enumerate and select all available audio and video devices programmatically
  • Capture in real time directly to file, memory, or create live streams for the Internet
  • Output the capture stream to any DirectShow supported format including AVI, WMV, WMA, OGG, DVSD OGG, WAVE, MPEG-1 Audio (MP3), MPEG-1 System, MPEG-2 (Program and Transport),
    Matroska (MKV, WebM), MXF, ISO, MP4, MPEG-2 DICOM, DVD, Network formats, or a series of still images
  • Flicker free video preview with zoom
  • Programmatic control of tv tuner functions including input, format, and channel
  • Select the desired input such as TV Tuner, S-Video or composite video from multi-input capture devices
  • Enumerate and set capture device settings including resolution, frame rate, color space, format, brightness, contrast, zoom, and pan
  • Full integration with LEADTOOLS DVR SDK technology to pause, rewind, and fast forward live captures
  • Use a variety of audio sources including onboard, USB and web cam integrated
  • Closed captioning support
  • Real time capture statistics including number of frames captured and dropped
  • Supports DirectShow video and audio processing filters to customize the capture
  • Capture in several modes including video only, audio only, and audio and video
  • Capture audio and video from DV devices without splitting the audio and video data, resulting in faster capture and fewer dropped frames
  • Programmatically control DV devices functionality such as play, pause, rewind, fast forward, record, and seek based on time codes
  • Load and save video to DV devices to download, edit, and save back the video to the device

Audio and Video Conversion

  • Convert any of the supported playback file formats to AVI, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, ISO (Flash HD, MP4, 3GPP, AAC, AVC1, MOV), IIS Smooth Streaming, FLV, XVID, ASF, Matroska (MKV, WebM), MXF, WMV, WAV, WMA, OGG, and more
  • Quickly convert from one file format to another without recompression such as MP4 to MPEG2
  • Supports DirectShow video and audio processing filters to customize the conversion.
  • Add KLV metadata to an output MPEG-2 transport stream
  • Convert specific chapters or titles using the LEADTOOLS DVD Navigator
  • Join multiple files or split a larger file into multiple smaller files
  • Create videos from a series of still images, or create still images from a video
  • Preview the current frame being converted
  • Pause and resume conversion process
  • Load and save conversion settings
  • Add Script commands (header and stream) to Windows Media files
  • Convert closed captioning information to readable formats such as SubRip (SRT) or Text
  • Multiple types of IO supported for conversion including disk, memory, network stream, and
    custom source filters
  • Conversion logging options
  • Retrieve progress notifications during the conversion process
  • Output directly to DV
  • Calculate the estimated conversion output size prior to starting the conversion

Audio and Video Codecs
LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite can utilize any DirectShow codec to compress or decompress audio and video. LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite also provides the following audio and video codecs (*available as add-on):

DirectShow Video Codecs

  • H.264
  • MPEG-4
  • MPEG-2
  • H.263
  • MCMW*
  • MJPEG
  • MJPEG2000*
  • VP8
  • RLE
  • Theora
  • Screen Capture

DirectShow Audio Codecs

  • AAC
  • Vorbis
  • AMR
  • MPEG Layer 2 Audio Encoder
  • AC3 Encoder

Formats, Multiplexers and Demultiplexers
Playback, Convert and Save Any Input File Format Supported by DirectShow Including:

  • AVI
  • MXF (Material eXchange Format)
  • Matroska (MKV, WebM)
  • Adobe HD
  • AVCHD
  • DVD
  • DVR
  • MPEG-2 (Transport and Program)
  • MPEG1 Video
  • MPEG1 Layer-3 Audio (MP3)
  • ISO (MP4, 3GPP, AAC, AVC1, MOV, Quicktime 2.0)
  • IIS Smooth Streaming
  • DivX / Xvid
  • Flash Version 6 (FLV H.263)
  • Flash Version 9 (Flash HD or Flash H.264 or F4V or FLV H.264)
  • ASF Windows Media Format
  • WMV Windows Media Format
  • WMA Windows Media Format
  • WAV
  • DVSD
  • OGG
  • Still image formats including TIFF, JPEG, BMP and JPEG 2000
  • DICOM

Audio and Video Formats for Mobile Devices
LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite technology provides the latest codecs for creating high quality audio and video files playable on most mobile devices such as the iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, ZEN and Mobile Phones. In addition to compressing audio and video content for a wide variety of devices, LEAD compressors are optimized to create the smallest files possible while maintaining the highest possible quality to fit even more audio and video files on mobile devices.

DirectShow Filters
The LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite can utilize and control many DirectShow filters such as encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, sources, and sinks. DirectShow filters are multimedia components that can be used to compress, decompress, process, enhance or stream video and audio data.

LEADTOOLS Cloud SDK
The LEADTOOLS Cloud SDK provides developers with a complete framework which can be used to create powerful cloud-based applications. Utilizing a network of servers and worker machines, developers can easily create any kind of distributed, grid or parallel computing application.

Multimedia for Medical and DICOM Development
The LEADTOOLS Medical Multimedia SDK Module that adds the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK and a collection of state-of-the-art DirectShow filters for compressing and decompressing video and audio data inside DICOM files to LEADTOOLS Medical and PACS Imaging SDK products. This feature-rich product is designed to eliminate the complexity from converting cine images and video streams to DICOM objects including X-ray Angiography (XA), Ultrasound (US), Visible Light (VL), Secondary Capture (SC) and much more. The LEADTOOLS Medical Multimedia SDK Module utilizes the most advanced compression algorithms used in the industry and approved by the DICOM standard including MPEG-2, HD MPEG-2, Motion JPEG, and Motion JPEG 2000.

All of the technology from the following products is included with the LEADTOOLS Multimedia Suite:

  • LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK
  • LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro SDK
  • LEADTOOLS DVD SDK Module
  • LEADTOOLS DVR SDK Module
  • LEADTOOLS Video Streaming SDK Module
  • LEADTOOLS MPEG-2 Transport Stream SDK Module - includes DVR technology