Advanced Media Framework SDK

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 - v1.4.21.0

This release adds the following features:

  • 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.


The AMF SDK may be used in developing wireless display, remote desktop, video editing, transcode and playback applications. Specifically, developers can use the AMF SDK for accessing AMD media accelerators for video encoding and decoding and color space conversions.

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®
  • Linux
    • AMF runtime is available in the Pro driver as an optional component. Driver and AMF component installation instructions are available on the AMF GitHub Wiki page.
    • RHEL 8.4 / 7.9.
    • CentOS 8.4 / 7.9.
    • Ubuntu 20.04.2 / 18.04.5 HWE.
    • SLED/SLES 15 SP3.
  • AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 ( or later.
  • AMF 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.
  • AMF 1.4.4 or later requires OCL_SDK_LIGHT.  Previous versions require  AMD APP SDK (Version 3.0 or later),  Microsoft® Windows® 10 SDK (Version 10586 as required by the build solution) and some samples require the Microsoft® Foundation Class Library.
  • Examples are built with Visual Studio® 2013, Visual Studio® 2015, Visual Studio® 2017 and Visual Studio® 2019.

Version history

  • 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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