Just did an install of catdv/cache-a and I'm trying to generate my proxies as quickly as possible. Looks like its taking 1.5 times realtime. Is there a setting to do it quicker? I've tried h264 and photojepeg, but it is slow. And I read about x264, but I can't get that to pop up in the proxy settings window. I'm now trying mpeg4, but that seems just as slow. I am running a windows 7 computer.
The workflow is from xdcam disk to hard drive to proxies to cache-a. The proxies will be viewed for transcribing and used to search with when the full-res clips are archived.
The quickest codec to encode TO is PhotoJPEG; H264 is quite a bit slower. If it's taking a long time regardless of the codec you use the problem may well lie with decoding the format you're converting FROM, in which case there isn't much you can do. Are you creating full size proxies? Reducing the size by an exact factor of two (which is an option in Worker 5 and CatDV 10) might help slightly.
If you have a single worker it won't encode any faster than CatDV as it uses exaclty the same engine internally (unless you use the worker to control an external encoder such as Episode or Rhozet). However, you can have multiple worker instances running on the same machine. Each individual file will take just as long but you can be processing several files in parallel for faster throughput.