|Originally posted by chap
7-8 hours for a 1 hour show??? Thats pretty bad imho with a 3 GHZ machine. I was hoping for maybe 8 hours for a 2 hour program. Guess I'll stay away from this software after all.
I doubt that you will get faster with other software.
The problem is that its 7-8 hours has more to do with the Codec and the fact that this is HiDef source content. You can do Realtime encoding with a 3 GHz for NTSC, but not for HD. The only realtime HD encoders are VERY expensive and a realtime encoder that does MPEG4 or WM9 is non-existant. (not for HD content!).
The GOAL is to be able to archive a 2 hour movie in HD on a DVD-R. (only 4.5G currently) Currently that is not possible without applying a compression like WM9 or MPEG4/Divx or converting it to a format that is less than full HD. I think that the BEST CASE for such a compression is still 4-5 hours with the current technology. I think that 7-8 is using the highest settings with WM9, but I have heard that you can tweak the encoding settings to get the time less than thay without sacrificing too much quality.
Expect realtime Divx or WM9 encodeing of HD about the time we have 6-12 Ghz 64bit Pentium compatible processors. Or at least highly specialized offboard cards (that don't exist yet).
It should be noted that you need about 2.6 Ghz machine to even PLAYBACK (decode) a HD WM9 file. Encoding the same file takes a lot more horsepower. These are far more complex codecs than MPEG2.
That's the state of the art today for encoding HD on a Host based processor. Sorry. Of course once your movie is encoded, it can be played in real-time just fine.