Video Codec Test

A free utility that benchmarks the video
encoding/decoding capabilities of your Mac

This software has a number of options to benchmark the H.264/H.264 encoding/decoding capabilities of your Intel or Apple Silicon Mac.

Before running the tool, make sure to quit all other applications that do video processing, as well as any application that uses significant CPU.

First choose which task to run; there is a choose of encoding or decoding, H.264 or H.265 video format, and 2K or 4K resolution.

Then, choose where the processing will place: on the CPU, via the internal hardware, and/or via an external eGPU device. Each tests takes 20 seconds and will stop automatically. The main benchmark to compare is the Throughput number, which indicates how many video frames your Mac is capable of processing per second under the conditions of the test.

Processing is done via multiple background threads. The number of threads used is chosen automatically to optimise performance and give accurate real-world maximum performance metrics.


This software is compatible with any Mac running macOS 10.13 - 11.0, and runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.

The current version is 1.2, released 11 December 2020.

This software is free for anyone to use. This software is provided AS IS and without warranty of any kind.