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Any comments on this?

Postby Knowname » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:32 pm

would this be worth buying? or just wouldn't work?

http://forum.pcvsconsole.com/viewthread.php?tid=25408 wrote:A dedicated video transcoding card from Leadtek is now available based on the SpursEngine, which is basically a slimmed-down Cell processor.

Looks like it helps quite a bit with cutting down on video encoding times, and might be a viable alternative to a CPU upgrade if video encoding is the only CPU intensive thing you do with your PC. Anyone who's ever done a lot of encoding with h.264 can see where this card would come in handy, although it's a bit too expensive right now for my tastes.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lea ... ,2523.html

Leadtek PxVC1100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.. ... pursengine
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Re: Any comments on this?

Postby Kariudo » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:27 pm

For amv editors, this isn't worth buying (unless you have money you want to throw at something.)

Final encoding is done relatively infrequently by most editors...so you wouldn't get much use out of it. Encoders for fansub groups might be more interested in this until my next sentence.
This card can only be used with Premiere Pro CS3/4/Elements 7, Ulead 11, DVD MovieFactory 5, WinDVD 8 (which doesn't encode in the first place,) and TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress.

I (and hopefully others) shy away from letting an NLE do final encoding because:
1) They typically suck at encoding
2) They typically limit encoding configuration options

So that leaves TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress, which also is quite restrictive on encoding options (Set aspect ratio, Frame rate, CBR/VBR/Constant Quantizer/Constant Quality, mpeg4 profile/level, CABLC or CABAC, pixel/half/quarter motion estimation)

So it pretty much misses all the marks for quality-oriented editors and fansub encoders. If it could be used with x.264 (and related UIs like meGUI) it would probably be worth it for fansub groups (who can have encode times lasting for hours upon hours, and have weekly deadlines.) For AMVs though, you'd get more use out of a cpu upgrade (as cpu is used for indexing, avisynth, vdub/mod, lossless clip encoding, editing, and encoding.)
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