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Latest version (stable):
SoftReel v2.20

Latest version (beta):
SoftReel v2.30b4


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Testimonials and Awards

"I heard about Etymonix via Rick Caylor's wildfeed site where it had excellent reviews. I'm very glad I purchased your product and extremely happy with the latest beta.

Thanks for creating an excellent product." - Chuck B., USA


2009 Editor's Pick granted by DownloadRoute Etymonix SoftReel awarded 5 Stars at the DownloadPipe Software Library Etymonix SoftReel - 5 Stars rating
100% CLEAN award granted by Softpedia 100% CLEAN award granted by BrotherSoft Etymonix SoftReel security report

Product Features

The Etymonix SoftReel MPEG-2 codec is a faster than real-time MPEG-2 video decoder optimized for single-core and multi-core systems. It enables smooth high-quality 4:2:2 playback of native MPEG-2 SD and HD video streams in DVB applications, Windows Media Player and other DirectShow-compatible products.

SoftReel's robust design makes it resilient to bitstream errors (e.g. from transmission glitches or scratched video discs). It has been tested on a wide range of processors and Windows operating systems for outstanding compatibility and stability.

The following table compares the main features of SoftReel version 2 with version 1. For a more complete product description, please see the detailed feature list.

Feature SoftReel v2 SoftReel v1
Maximum resolution 1920x1152 768x576
Media formats supported HD 1080p, 1080i and 720p
DVB (HD and SD, 4:2:2 and 4:2:0)
All 18 ATSC formats

Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 only
Performance Up to 5x faster than v1 Baseline
Multi-core optimized Yes, up to 16 cores (*) No
Deinterlacing Yes No
3:2 pulldown (telecine) Yes No
DVB applications Yes
(ProgDVB, DVBViewer, DVBDream, MyTheatre, AltDVB, TransEdit)
Resilient to errors Yes No
CPU compatibility Wide range of CPU manufacturers Limited
CPU optimizations SSE2/SSE/MMX MMX only
Side-by-side 3D video display mode Yes (*) No
Field pictures and non-intra streams Yes (*) No
MPEG-1 video playback Yes No
Operating systems Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP MCE

Windows XP/2000/NT4
Windows Me/98/95
Windows XP/2000/NT4
Windows Me/98/95
Frame-accurate seeking in AVI files Yes Yes
One-click setup Yes No
Profiles/levels MP@ML, MP@LL, SP@ML, 4:2:2P@ML, 4:2:2P@HL, MP@H-14, MP@HL MP@ML, MP@LL, SP@ML
MPEG chroma formats 4:2:0, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 4:2:0, 4:2:2
Output formats RGB32, RGB24, RGB565, RGB555, YUY2, UYVY, YV12, NV12 RGB32, RGB24, RGB565, RGB555, YUY2, UYVY, YV12
(*) New features introduced in version 2.30

System Requirements

System Requirement Recommended Minimum
Processor manufacturer Any x86 processor (AMD, Intel, Transmeta, VIA, etc)
Processor model/speed

Real-time HD playback:
Intel Core i3/i5/i7
AMD Athlon/Phenom X2 or better
Intel Core 2 Duo (1.8 GHz or faster)
AMD Athlon 64 (2.0 GHz or faster)
Intel Pentium 4 (3.0 Ghz or faster)

Real-time SD playback:
AMD Athlon or better
Intel Pentium III or better

Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 256 MB or more 32 MB
Graphics card Accelerated graphics card with YUV overlay support and hardware scaling Any graphics card (integrated or dedicated)
Operating system Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/NT4/Me/98/95 with latest service pack
Microsoft DirectX runtime Latest version of DirectX for your operating system DirectX 11 for Windows 7
DirectX 10 for Windows Vista
DirectX 8 for Windows XP/2000/Me/98/95
DirectX Media 6 for Windows NT4


Etymonix SoftReel is distributed as shareware. A 30-day trial period is allowed for evaluation purposes only. To continue using the product beyond the trial period, visit our online store to purchase a valid license.

Registered users are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Logo overlay is removed from the video window
  • Email technical support
  • Free product updates (up to version 2.99)
  • Discounts on product upgrades
  • Notification of new releases

Distribution Licensing

Developers and integrators can purchase a distribution license for Etymonix SoftReel by contacting license @ Please include a product description along with your request.


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