8 Replies Latest reply on Aug 28, 2012 10:03 AM by wuxiixuw

    Encoding to .mp4 container with h.264 | Shall I get Core i7 or Xeon?


      We are a small scale media or video production company that do video encoding a lot, and business start to expand and we are looking for upgrading our hardware to reduce consumed time by encoding.


      We are encoding a lot of videos on a daily base.


      The source files are .TS and .MPEG-2.


      Most of our clients now require encoding to .mp4 containers using .h264 and move atom to the beginning of the file to make it start playing or streamed as fast as possible instead of load the whole file first.


      I've goggled and found some specific forum in video encoding like videohelp dot com and doom9 dot org and they helped me a lot to learn more about video encoding, and been advised to come here to ask about the hardware upgrading or recommendations.


      After trying many encoders or converter clients we found that almost VidCoder or Handbrake is the best option compared to other ones like WinAVI or a like.


      While VidCoder do amazing result for the quality and small file size but our only option with it is the consumed time for encoding.


      If a file .TS or .MPEG-2 with an hour length, and encoded to .mp4 using h.264 it is being encoded in about 7 or 8 minutes, this is when we make the vidcoder process with real time high priority and make sure that is using 8 cores.


      The current hardware is Intel core i7 2600k sandy bridge, with 16 GB Ram ddr3, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 2 GB.


      So what kind of upgrade we may do to reduce the encoding time as low as possible?


      Also does using Core i7 is like using the Xeon or there are a much differences?


      Also does using a single processor motherboard is the same as using dual socket processor like xeon?


      Please does using a motherboard like asus that support dual socket processor and then use two core i7 will be as the same as xeon workstation?


      Thanks a lot for reading my question and hope to know what we should do to get a solution.