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Fraunhofer Versatile Video Encoder (VVenC)

The Fraunhofer Versatile Video Encoder (VVenC) is a fast and efficient H.266/VVC encoder implementation with the following main features:

  • Easy to use encoder implementation with five predefined quality/speed presets;
  • Perceptual optimization to improve subjective video quality, based on the XPSNR visual model;
  • Extensive frame-level and task-based parallelization with very good scaling;
  • Frame-level single-pass and two-pass rate control supporting variable bit-rate (VBR) encoding;
  • Expert mode encoder interface available, allowing fine-grained control of the encoding process.


See the Wiki-Page for more information:


VVenC uses CMake to describe and manage the build process. A working CMake installation is required to build the software. In the following, the basic build steps are described. Please refer to the Wiki for the description of all build options.

How to build using CMake?

To build using CMake, create a build directory and generate the project:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. <build options>

To actually build the project, run the following after completing project generation:

cmake --build .

For multi-configuration projects (e.g. Visual Studio or Xcode) specify --config Release to build the release configuration.

How to build using GNU Make?

On top of the CMake build system, convinence Makefile is provided to simplify the build process. To build using GNU Make please run the following:

make install-release <options>

Other supported build targets include configure, release, debug, relwithdebinfo, test, and clean. Refer to the Wiki for a full list of supported features.


Please use the following citation when referencing VVenC in literature:

  author    = {Wieckowski, Adam and Brandenburg, Jens and Hinz, Tobias and Bartnik, Christian and George, Valeri and Hege, Gabriel and Helmrich, Christian and Henkel, Anastasia and Lehmann, Christian and Stoffers, Christian and Zupancic, Ivan and Bross, Benjamin and Marpe, Detlev},
  booktitle = {Proc. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Expo Workshops (ICMEW)},
  date      = {2021},
  title     = {VVenC: An Open And Optimized VVC Encoder Implementation},
  doi       = {10.1109/ICMEW53276.2021.9455944},
  pages     = {1-2},


Feel free to contribute. To do so:

  • Fork the current-most state of the master branch
  • Apply the desired changes
  • Add your name to
  • Create a pull-request to the upstream repository


Please see LICENSE.txt file for the terms of use of the contents of this repository.

For more information, please contact:

Copyright (c) 2019-2022, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. & The VVenC Authors.

All rights reserved.