MacBook/Handbrake benchmark request.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Chundles, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    Hi, I'm just trying to get some idea as to how quickly a Core Duo can encode a DVD compared with my lowly G4.

    Soooo.... if you have a MacBook/MacBook Pro/iMac Core Duo or Mac mini Core Duo and Handbrake would anybody mind doing a quick speed check? No need to rip an entire DVD, just about 4 or 5% so as to get a decent average fps figure.

    Would you mind trying the following settings:

    mp4 file, MPEG4 encoding:

    1250kbps average bit rate
    128 kbps sound
    Full resolution

    mp4 file, H.264 encoding:

    1250kbps average bit rate
    128kbps sound
    Full resolution

    That's it.

    So, if you feel like helping me out, post your average fps after about 5% of the film is ripped.

    Thanks so much,

    Cheers,
    Chundles.
     
  2. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    Anybody? I know it's late in the states but it'd only be five minutes worth of effort for anybody awake.
     
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Alrighty, I'll bite, even though I only have a Core Solo. Just to get the ball rolling (hopefully) and because I'm curious to see how it stacks up against the Core Duo.

    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core Solo 1.5Ghz
    1GB RAM (1x1GB)
    60GB HD (5400rpm)
    OS X 10.4.6

    I averaged 11 - 12 fps on a DVD (let it go to 6%), with the settings like those below:
     

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  4. InspectorGadget macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I'll get you the exact details later today when I get home, but I did a trial last night comparing my 'old' iBook G4 933Mhz to my new MacBook 2Ghz 1GB RAM.

    To cut a long story short, a 4.30s chapter from RENT (Ch 5, One Song Glory) took:
    iBook MPEG4 1000kb/s 688x288: 12min 30s
    MacBook: 2 min 30s

    H.264 iBook; 45 min 17 s
    MacBook: 5 min and a few secs.

    I'll get the exact details later.
    Basicially the Core Due was between 4.9x and 7.7x FASTER than my iBook.
     
  5. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    YIKES!! That's a huge difference! Especially in H.264 encoding.

    Thanks guys for getting this rolling, I'm hopefully moving to Canberra next year to do a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication that involves travelling round the country for 18 - 20 weeks during the year and I'd reeeeaaally like to replace my iBook with something that's going to be more suitable for on-the-road movie watching in all the crappy places we'd be staying.
     
  6. InspectorGadget macrumors newbie

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    GREAT!!!

    I spent 10 mins re-writing/editing my above post with my updated details as I'm now home, but when I cicked 'save' is didn't save it and I had to log back into the Forums....

    Ok..here goes again...

    HardWare:
    iBook G4: 933Mhz, 640MB RAM, 4200 IDE-HDD, 133Mhz FrontSide Bus, no other app running.
    MacBook: Intel Core Duo 2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 5400 SATA-HDD, 63 Mhz Frontside Bus, no other apps running.
    File Source: Ch. 5 from (Time: 4 min 10 s) RENT DVD-rip on an external FireWire400 7200 IDE-HDD.

    HandBrake 0.7.1 Universal
    MPEG Encoder: FFmpeg, frame rate = source, Avg bit rate: 1000, 2-pass, MP4 file, mpeg-4 video / AAC audio 44.1KHz, 160kb/s Video size: 688x288.
    Results:
    iBook G4 (Processor Highest) : 12min 17s
    MacBook (Processor Auto): 2min 30s = 4.9x FASTER!!!

    H.264 Encoder: X264 Main profile, frame rate = source, Avg bit rate: 1000, 2-pass, MP4 file, AVC/H.264 video / AAC audio 44.1KHz, 160kb/s Video size: 688x288.
    Results:
    iBook G4 (Processor Highest) : 45min 46s
    MacBook (Processor Auto): 5min 56s = 7.7x FASTER!!!

    Seems to me the biggest gain is in the H.264 encoding. I suspect the Intel chip has some sort of native acceleration for that codec, because that encoding speed is simply AMAZING, nearly Real-time H.264 encoding... WOW!!!

    I wonder if a MacBook with 2GB RAM would make any difference...probably not much.... in this case it's the raw processor speed that makes the difference.

    As a point of note, I also have QuickTime Pro 7.1.1 but that should be irrelevant....
     
  7. gloss macrumors 601

    gloss

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    Just for kicks, I downloaded Handbrake and ran a test - was able to rip a 3 minute segment of House in basically 3 minutes. The ripping and encoding to H264 runs in nearly real time.

    I'm really impressed. This is on a 2.0ghz Macbook, 2GB of RAM.
     
  8. XIII macrumors 68040

    XIII

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    I'm in a helping mood. :p

    Here is the first one, ripping the Shawshank Redemption:

    [​IMG]

    And the second one, same film:

    [​IMG]

    Now, important this bit: At the same time as running Handbrake, I had another 11 apps open - and dashboard widgets. I usually, when it is just Safari Mail and Handbrake, rip h264 at 30-50 (usally around 40) frames per second. But I thought this comparison would be useful too.

    EDIT: Thats for a 2.0ghz Intel Core Duo iMac, 1.5GB RAM, and 256mb VRAM.
     
  9. gloss macrumors 601

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  10. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that really makes me sick thinking how slow my iBook is now. One of the things I just started doing was putting some dvds on my computer to move over to my ipod, and it was so frustrating letting it sit there for 2+ hours.

    Hmm..
     
  11. gloss macrumors 601

    gloss

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    I hear the program runs lightning fast when encoding a pre-ripped DVD from the hard drive. I'll give that a shot tonight and we'll see.
     
  12. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    Ripped the Matrix at default settings last night took exactly an hour (ok, it was really 59 minutes and 59 seconds but oh well) to rip and encode it on a macbook 2.0 gHz 1 Gig RAM.
     
  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

    MRU

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    OK my results on a macbook 2Ghz 1gb Ram

    On the film : City of Lost Children (PAL) DVD

    First Test : Avg 52.07 FPS

    Second Test : Avg 23.06 FPS


    Safari & Mail open. I wondered if the DVD film makes a difference so I did the same film as XIII - The Shawshank Redemption but PAL.

    First Test : Avg 60.08 FPS

    Second Test : AVG 26.07 FPS



    So the film does make a difference.

    I'll try the same two films in my iMac 2ghz with 2gb tomorow to see if that will give me different results (different drive etc...)
     
  14. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    I'm getting around the same results (3 or 4 frames difference) on the machine in my signature :)
     
  15. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Bah, you kids with your fancy "dual-core" processors and your "ram upgrades" and whatnot! The Solo makes up what it lacks in zip with its charm!
     
  16. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I'll edit this with a screenshot later, but my 333Mhz G3 Powerbook is encoding with the same settings as my Core Solo above - and doing it at a blazing average of 1.29 fps. Yeah. Madness, I know. Such a beast!
     
  17. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

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    MacBook as sig, except with 512MB RAM (Taking it back due to shutdown issues, so i have stock RAM installed)

    MPEG-4 Video, AAC Audio
    FFmpeg encoder
    640kbps for average bit rate
    average FPS ~85
    Peak ~96fps!!!!

    Activity Monitor says 170% of CPU used... I love Dual Core so much... :p
     
  18. spriter macrumors 65816

    spriter

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    I started to rip my DVDs so I can Front Row 'em from an external HDD. Anyway from my MB spec in my sig, I get:

    [​IMG]

    Averaged 25.9fps from the three I've done today. Always 24-26fps doing H.264 at those settings with the VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive.

    When I tried MPEG-4 (for comparison purposes to H.264) it would rip at stupid speeds around 85-90fps. :eek: Too bad the artefacting was more noticable compared to H.264. Still MBs are quick and light years ahead of my old iBook.
     
  19. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    OK...on my 2Ghz Macbook with 2GB RAM, why am I only getting 16-19fps encoding into AVC at 1500kbs?! :( :( :(
     
  20. newtonick macrumors newbie

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    Handbrake Benchmark

    Powerbook 12" G4 1.33ghz 1.25GB RAM w/ 10+ apps open

    Handbrake settings:
    H.264 baseline - Mp4 file
    video bitrate: 1000kb/s
    2 - pass encoding
    128kb/s audio

    640 x 272 resolution

    5.16fps avg

    Sure wished it was faster. I guess it's just time to upgrade to mbp. Maybe wait to quad core ....
     

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