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7956 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 26, 2009 11:48 AM by APPLE27
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2009 6:44 PM (in response to ElasticPictures)Have a look at this:
http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/Turbo264HD/product1.en.htmlMac Pro 8 Core/Mini/3ACDs, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Blah blah blah - look at me, posting on the internets!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2009 8:27 PM (in response to ElasticPictures)Here's a recent review: http://www.kenstone.net/fcphomepage/elgato_turbo_264_hddouglas.html
-DHStandards are wonderful ... and there are so many to choose from!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2009 9:33 PM (in response to ElasticPictures)Keep your eyes open for when the Matrox CompressHD goes on sale.
While it probably won't be available to use on the job you've just bid on (tentative sale date is May 2009 but who knows if that can be trusted), it otherwise seems like the answer your prayers - it speeds up h.264 and Flash encoding. It will, supposedly, list for $495.
Otherwise, as mentioned, the Turbo264HD is the way to go for now.3.0 Ghz 8-Core Mac Pro (2007) / 2.5 Ghz 15" MacBook Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.6), Final Cut Studio 2.0.5; 16GB iPod Touch; 40GB TV
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2009 3:38 PM (in response to ElasticPictures)thank you all so much for the advice to buy elgato turbo hd - just bought one on amazon and it looks like it's going to solve a lot of my problems!
also don't forget that this is on its way too:
http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/compresshd/lots, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2009 2:13 PM (in response to ElasticPictures)If you're talking about professional use, I'd carefully check the quality of the Elgato device's output before committing to it. It's certainly fast, but not on a par with software encodes in my experience.MacPro 8x2.8GHz, 16GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2009 8:56 AM (in response to RayFixesStuff)
thank you all so much for the advice to buy elgato turbo hd - just bought one on amazon and it looks like it's going to solve a lot of my problems!
Our experience around here is that new toys usually cause more problems. They rarely solve anything.
Hope your experience will be different.
bogiesan2x2.66 Intel woohoo! and many more Macs, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2009 12:19 PM (in response to David Bogie Chq-1)This is indeed for professional use for a small post production facility. I am actually leaning more toward the Matrox option. I use a couple of Matrox video solutions now and feel that they offer very good quality with solid support. If anyone has any other options / workflows, I would definitely like to hear about them. Thanks.Mac Pro Octo 2.8ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 10gb RAM - Final Cut Studio 2 - Adobe Production Premium CS3 - Matrox MXO & MXO2
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2009 5:37 AM (in response to ElasticPictures)You should check out Episode Pro from TeleStream: http://www.telestream.net/episode/episode-desktop-pro.htm
The combination of Qmaster / Compressor is nice when it works, but I've heard great things about Episode, feautres like it's render speed and formats it supports.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2009 11:48 AM (in response to ElasticPictures)What format are your original files?
There are a ton of companies that make hardware to do what you want... at NAB they introduced several new devices that fit in the palm of your hand that can encode h.264, etc.
Why not upgrade to 16 or 24gb RAM to devote a decent share to each processor? I use Qmaster with no problems, not sure why you find it unreliable. I use render farms with After Effects all the time, but only on the PC side... never tried on Macs.Mac OS X (10.4.7)