Intel Quick Sync Video

Supported Hardware and Configurations

Please note, these are not hard limits. Hardware encoding via Intel QSV might work on older series GPUs and older operating systems, but this is not officially supported.

A plugin with all required components for Intel QSV encoding using the Flatpak distribution of HandBrake is available on the official HandBrake website.

Enabling support

Support for the Intel Quick Sync Video encoder is enabled in preferences on the video tab. If your system is not supported, the option will be disabled.


The following presets are available under the ‘Hardware’ category in the presets menu:

These are a good starting point for configuring HandBrake to use these encoders.


HandBrake supports both QSV encode and decode.

The CPU will still be used for:

These operations all happen in parallel as the job progresses. As such, it is normal to see high (or even 100%) CPU utilisation even when using QSV.

It is also common, particularly on lower-end or older hardware, for the CPU to be a bottleneck which will cause lower than expected performance. To minimize this effect, disable any filters that you do not require.

Advanced options

The QSV hardware encoder has a limited set of advanced encoder options. Generally speaking, it is not recommended to change these parameters, as the built-in presets offer a good range of options for common uses.

If using HandBrake’s graphical interface, you can set the options in the Advanced Options field on the Video tab in the following format:


If using HandBrake’s command line interface, use the --encopts parameter as follows:


Option value types

The following value types are supported (each option only accepts one value type):

Options list