pix_fm support for NVENC (YUV 4:4:4, yuv444p16le)

  • Hello,

    first or all: great project. I don't know what I would do without it... It puts the default encoding capabilities in various video editing software to shame...

    As to my issue:

    I have an Nvidia 1080Ti which in higher than 8 bit color depth not only supports YUV 4:2:0 hardware encoding but also 4:4:4.

    ffmpeg.exe -h encoder=hevc_nvenc

    >Supported pixel formats: yuv420p nv12 p010le yuv444p p016le yuv444p16le bgr0 rgb0 cuda d3d11

    When using ffmpeg from command line I get an output that has 4:4:4.

    That means that even if I have 4:2:2 12bit footage like yuv444p12le nvenc will auto-switch to the higher pixel-format without quality loss:

    ffmpeg.exe -i in.mov -c:v hevc_nvenc -preset p7 -tune hq -rc vbr -multipass:v fullres -qmin:v 15 -qmax:v 20 -pix_fmt yuv444p12le -an "out.mkv"

    >Incompatible pixel format 'yuv444p12le' for codec 'hevc_nvenc', auto-selecting format 'yuv444p16le'

    I realize that it will cost more disk space in such an Incompatible pixel format event, but at least I do not loose any quality.

    But when I select HEVC (NVIDIA NVENC) In Voukoder the only thing I can select is 8bit or 10bit. Not the chroma subsampling. Not 12bit.

    Not the pixel format itself. Then I end up with a 4:2:0 encoded 10bit video, loosing both quality in color depth as well as chroma subsampling.

    When selecting CPU encoding there is a detailed dropown for the pixel format (4:2:0 10bit, 4:2:2 10bit, 4:4:4 10bit and so on) - but encoding on the CPU takes ages......

    Would it be possible to add support for that?

    If not a specific chroma subsampling option (as there might be lots of combinations depending on the hardware)


    Maybe at least an option to specify pix_fm manually as filter parameter?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

  • Vouk

    Approved the thread.
    • Official Post

    Yes, I can add this. Not too much complicated. Both yuv444 for 8 and 10 bit. For h264 and h265. But this depends on if your GPU supports this formats. Otherwise you'll get an error when the export starts.

  • Cool!

    P.S. It's no problem if I get an error on unsupported GPUs. When using such hw-features one has to know what the GPU capabilities are of course ;) The only alternative is either implementing complicated capability checks (not really necessary if you ask me) or losing such wonderful functionality...

  • Cool, thanks!.

    But many people don't know. There are many "bug reports" like this already.

    You could additionally add a tooltip to such "special settings" that users may need to check hw capabilities if it is actually supported on their hw. But of course there is no grantee that such notes are actually read...

  • Vouk

    Set the Label from Feature Request to Done
  • Vouk

    Removed the Label Adobe Premiere / MediaEncoder