Video applications are moving from Full-HD capability (1920×1080) to even higher resolutions such as Quad-FullHD (3840×2160). The H.264 Intra-mode can be used by embedded devices to trade off the better encoding efficiency of H.264 temporal prediction (Inter-mode) against savings in area and power as well as saving the massive computational overhead of the sub-pixel motion estimation by using only spatial prediction (Intra-mode). Still, the H.264 Intra-mode requires a large computational effort and imposes severe challenges when targeting Quad-FullHD 25 fps real-time video encoding at moderate operating frequencies (we target 150 MHz) and limited area budget. Therefore, in this work we address the strong sequential data dependencies within H.264 Intra-mode that restrict the parallelism and inhibit high resolution encoding by a) decoupling of DC and AC transform paths, b) cycle-budget aware mode prediction scheduling while c) being area efficient. Using our proposed techniques, Quad-FullHD (3840×2160) 28 fps video encoding is achieved at 150 MHz, making our architecture applicable for high definition recording.