A real-time MPEG-2 video codec system, called the KAIST image computing system (KICS), was developed using multiple multimedia video processors (MVP, TMS320C80). The number of computations and optimum implementation of the MPEG-2 algorithm were analyzed for real-time processing. An MVP simulator was used to perform the timing analysis for the real-time MPEG-2 encoding and decoding, and it verified the design of the KICS. Task partitioning and mapping of the MPEG-2 algorithm to multiple MVPs were performed based on load-balancing, minimum data I/O, and the properties of the MVP. The KICS uses five MVPs for MPEG-2 real-time encoding of a main profile at the main level whereas it uses three MVPs for real-time decoding.