Elgato Turbo H.264 HD for Compressing.
by Alister Robbie on Sep 18, 2009 at 1:16:39 pm
Just something I thought of today, has anyone been able to offload H264 compression tasks off onto an Elgato H264 HD? I have been playing with it for general H264 encoding with great results, and am interested to see if it is an option in offsetting some of the processor load of encoding H264 meaning the server can spend it's cycles handling other compression / serving tasks.
Re: Elgato Turbo H.264 HD for Compressing. by Alister Robbie on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:40:27 pm
That is gold Nathan. Cheers for that. After posting that last night I had a bit more of a play. but got stuck with the QuickTime Export Component bug.
First time advice? The thing that caught me out first time around was that I got keen and turned on Edit Proxy. This is a feature that automatically creates ProRes versions of all your clips. Given that the source footage at the time was a mixture of XD-CAM EX, HDV & AVC, it meant that the footprint (data used) for Final Cut Server more than doubled for no real benefit.
Other advice. Do chuck some (copies of) realworld footage and projects. as they will help you to get a feel for the dynamics of how you want to interact with FCS. Keep it small initially while you you figure out how you want to set it up, then once you have it streamlined, then go nuts loading everything in there. I found it easier to test and play with just a few projects in there. That was I wasn't concerned about having to start again if I really messed things up! (and I did....)
Re: Elgato Turbo H.264 HD for Compressing. by Chad Carmichael on Feb 2, 2010 at 11:03:51 pm
Alister - I know this is a few months back, but I'm getting hung up on Final Cut Server being able to view my custom Compressor setting that I created. It seems to only affect those that I set to use QT Export Components with the Elgato encoder. Any tips? Thanks
Re: Elgato Turbo H.264 HD for Compressing. by Toby Dalsgaard on Oct 30, 2009 at 7:00:57 pm
Of course it can. If you can use that thing on Compressor, you can use it on FCS. I'd go with the Matrox Max though. If you are moving lots of files and have a need for a tool like FCS, you'd probably want to go with a more powerful encoder.