I usually shoot XDCAM EX HD and converting to 720p H.264 for client screening copies.
I also do a lot of 640x360 H.264 Window Dubs of the raw shoot material. Given that at times I have a couple of hours of raw source video to encode, the above can be loooong renders (hours) on Mac 2.8GHz 8 core 8GB RAM. I'm really looking to speed that time up.
I am still working on trying to get files passed for delivering Cable Labs compliant MP2's to TVN for our networks VOD deliveries. I'll let you know what I find out, but Episode is not even in the running at this point because their settings don't pass test.
I was wondering about this Matrox card. It sounds like it may speed up compressions. But, would it also
improve the quality of MP2's (if I kept export settings the same)?
What are your thoughts on adding Matrox hardware, but leaving export setting same (only because they passed the TVN test). Any added value? Thanks! Cat