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Jeff Handy
Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 8, 2016 at 3:57:45 pm
Last Edited By Jeff Handy on Feb 8, 2016 at 4:02:19 pm

The basic info on Telestream's page is not convincing enough, on its own, for us to upgrade from 6.4. Anyone happen to have any benchmarking data to support their claim: Faster and better: 64-bit technology?

Is it 2% faster, 5% faster, 25% faster? How is "better" measured? I need specifics to make a convincing argument for an upgrade.

HandyGeek


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Craig Seeman
Re: Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 8, 2016 at 4:34:08 pm

Perhaps that depends on system and whether one is clustering. It can also depend on the specifics of the encoder. That's why it's hard to give percentages.

One could compare 6.4.6 with 7.0 using a specific encoder on a specific system but there's so many variations on systems and workflows it would be hard to know have representative that would be.



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Jeff Handy
Re: Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:54:23 pm

Well, that is what benchmarks are for. Take a 6.4 cluster, encode a file or series of files. Use the same systems with a 7.0 cluster and encode using the same file(s) and settings. Compare the times to encode and compute the percentage difference.

HandyGeek


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Jeff Handy
Re: Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:53:14 pm

Rinse and repeat with various other files and settings.

HandyGeek


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Craig Seeman
Re: Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 8, 2016 at 7:19:55 pm

With Episode Engine the number of cores and the number of simultaneous encodes are a factor. For example, one may not seem much difference on a single encode but might see a notable difference with multiple simultaneous encodes.

One could come up with a variety or test scenarios which may or may not be relevant to some users. How to pick what typical scenarios would be?

ProRes 1080p30, one hour duration, to four H.264 encodes on a 12 core MacPro Tube?
Four ProRes 1080p30 one hour duration each to their own H.264 encode on the same computer?
Doing the same to MPEG2 and H.264 TS for broadcast delivery?



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Erik Lindahl
Re: Episode Engine 7.0 upgrade
on Feb 9, 2016 at 8:07:49 am

I'm going to do some tests when we upgrade our systems. It's a bit of a pain however as Episode 7 requires OSX 10.10 or later and we're still on 10.9. But in all due time... :)


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