AMD Advanced Media Framework

Optimal access to AMD GPUs for multimedia processing

The Advanced Media Framework SDK provides developers with optimal access to AMD GPUs for multimedia processing. 

Download the latest version - v1.4.32.0

This release adds the following features:

  • Added new FRC component and API doc
  • Added new VQEnhancer API doc
  • Improvements and cleanup in sample presenters
  • Updated FFmpeg to 6.0


The AMF SDK may be used in developing wireless display, remote desktop, video editing, transcode and playback applications. Both cloud gaming and remote gaming applications are also possible with the AMF SDK. Specifically, developers can use the AMF SDK for accessing AMD media accelerators for video encoding, decoding, color space conversion, pre-analysis, pre-processing, display capture and high quality scaling.

The AMF SDK allows optimization of application performance by utilizing CPU, GPU compute shaders and hardware accelerators for media processing. These optimizations are applicable to a wide range of applications such as gaming or content creation. Programming of AMD Video Engines (UVD and VCE/VCN blocks) is also an important part of the functionality that AMF provides to developers.


  • Windows®
    • Windows® 7 (SP1 with the Platform Update) (AMF v1.4.18.0 and older).
    • Windows® 8.1 (AMF v1.4.0.0 and older).
    • Windows® 10, or Windows® 11.
    • Windows Subsystem for Linux (DX12 Decoder and Converter Only).
    • Visual Studio® 2019.
  • Linux
    • RHEL 9.2 / 8.8
    • Ubuntu 22.04.2 / 20.04.5
    • SLED/SLES 15 SP5
  • Driver and AMF component installation instructions are available on the Wiki page.
    • The following table contains the driver versions in which the Linux pro driver started including the AMF runtime, otherwise, the AMF runtime is optional and has to be installed separately.
    • All supported distros include the AMF runtime starting driver version 20.40.
OS AMF included starting version
SLE 15 18.40
Ubuntu 20.04.0 20.20
*All supported distros 20.40
  • AMF SDK is backward compatible with all previous driver versions.
    • Version 1.4.32: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 23.12.1 ( or newer. Added new FRC component and API doc. Added new VQEnhancer doc. Improved presenters. Updated FFmpeg to 6.0.
    • Version 1.4.30: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 23.5.2 ( or newer. Added AMF wrappers for AVC / HEVC / AV1 FFmpeg software encoders, frame in -> slice / tile output support for AVC / HEVC / AV1 encoders, and multi-monitor support for DVR. Updated FFmpeg to 5.1.2.
    • Version 1.4.29: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 23.1.2 ( or newer. Added Smart Access Video for AVC / HEVC / AV1. New options for VQEnhancer and AV1 encoder components. Switched to Markdown based API docs which enable easier open source developer contributions. 
    • Version 1.4.28: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 22.12.1 ( or newer. Added AV1 encoding support and 12-bit AV1 decoding. New VQEnhancer component.  New AVC/HEVC encoder rate control methods.
    • Version 1.4.26: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 22.7.1 ( or newer. Added new PAQ, TAQ, and high motion quality boost modes for PreAnalysis. New HQScaler sharpness, low latency decoder and temporal SVC encoder options.
    • Version 1.4.24: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 22.3.1 ( or newer. Added new AMD Direct Capture mode, new HQscaler feature(Bilinear/Bicubic/FSR), new Vulkan HEVC encoder on Navi family, improvements on H264 Vulkan encoding.
    • Version 1.4.23: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 21.12.1 ( or newer. Added new Auto LTR encoder mode, additional encoder usage presets and encoder statistics/feedback.
    • Version 1.4.21: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 21.10.1 ( or newer. Added PSNR/SSIM score feedback, new QVBR rate control mode and LTR mode for encoders, added HDR support for HEVC encoder and color converter, new EncoderLatency sample app.
    • Version 1.4.18: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 20.11.2 or newer. Added Pre-Encode filter within Pre-Processing component in 1.4.18.
    • Version 1.4.9 or later requires Vulkan SDK for some samples: and AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1 ( or newer. This version supports Linux (see for driver support).
    • Version 1.4.4 or later requires OCL_SDK_Light: Previous versions of AMF require the AMD APP SDK (Version 3.0 or later), Windows 10 SDK (Version 10586). This version requires AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.7.2 (17.30.1041) or newer.
    • Version 1.4: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.1.1 (16.50.2611) or newer.
    • Version 1.3: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3 (16.30.2311) or newer.

Version history

  • Added new FRC component and API doc
  • Added new VQEnhancer API doc
  • Improvements and cleanup in sample presenters
  • Updated FFmpeg to 6.0
  • Added AMF wrappers for AVC / HEVC / AV1 FFmpeg software encoders
  • Added frame in, slice / tile output support for AVC / HEVC / AV1 encoders
  • Added multi-monitor support for DVR app
  • Added decoder relocation between VCN instances and new capability query for SmartAccess Video
  • New AV1 usages and encoder feedback
  • Improvements and cleanup to sample apps
  • Updated FFmpeg to 5.1.2
  • Added Smart Access Video for decoder and AVC / HEVC / AV1 encoders
  • New options for VQEnhancer and AV1 encoder components
  • Switched to Markdown based API docs which enable easier open source developer contributions
  • AV1 encoding
  • 12-bit AV1 decoding
  • New VQEnhancer component
  • New AVC / HEVC encoder rate control methods
  • New perceptual (PAQ) and temporal (TAQ) adaptive quantization modes for PreAnalysis
  • New high motion quality boost mode for PreAnalysis
  • New sharpness option for HQScaler
  • New low latency decoding option
  • New temporal SVC encoding options
  • New AMD Direct Capture component and updated DVR sample app
  • New HQ Scaler ( Bilinear / Bicubic / FSR )
  • Vulkan support for PreAnalysis component
  • Vulkan support for HEVC Encoder ( Navi+ )
  • Support for temporal layer query for AVC and HEVC Encoder
  • Support for consecutive B-frames and adaptive miniGOP for AVC Encoder
  • Improved H264 Encoding on Vulkan ( both Windows & Linux Navi+ )
  • New Auto LTR encoder mode.
  • FFmpeg updated to version 4.3.2.
  • Additional statistics and feedback in encoder.
  • New encoder usage presets.
  • Main 10 HEVC encoder profile support.
  • Support for encoder instance selection.
  • HDR color conversion in the encoder.
  • New QVBR rate control mode and LTR encoder mode.
  • Extended statistic and quality metrics in the encoder.
  • Frame rate parameter became dynamic and HDR color conversion was updated.
  • Updated samples with encoder latency functionality.
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 series graphic cards.
  • Decode and color conversion support within DirectX® 12 pipeline.
  • Decode of VP9 and AV1 files on supported hardware.
  • Encode features to support importance maps, picture management, output timeout, statistics and throughput ceilings.
  • Pre-Encode filter within Encode Pre-Processing component.
  • Updated samples with Pre-Encode filter and frame injection functionality.
  • Encode pre-analysis component to improve the perceived quality of encoded video.

Requires AMD Radeon™ Software Crimson 16.7.3 (16.30.2311) or later

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