Intel QuickSync Video

Supported hardware

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 QSV encoder is enabled in preferences on the video tab. If your system is not supported, the option will be disabled.

Performance

Only video encoding is performed by the hardware encoder. Every stage prior to and after video encoding including decoding, filters, audio/video sync, audio encoding, muxing, etc., is performed by the CPU. As a result, it is normal to have high (even 100%) CPU utilisation during encodes.

It is common, particularly on lower-end hardware, for the CPU to be a bottleneck for the hardware video encoder. To minimize this effect, disable any filters that you do not require.

Advanced options

The Intel QuickSync 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.

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

--encopts="option1=value1:option2=value2"

From HandBrake’s graphical interface, set the options in the Advanced Options field on the Video tab:

option1=value1:option2=value2

Option value types

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

Options list