Confused about SSDs and encoding video

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  1. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Been lookin around to see if vid encoding is sped up by using an SSD. Seeing lots of contradictory info - is it because the situation depends on whether you are bottlenecked by your processor or not?

    I'm on a C2D 2.26 Ghz atm and it takes forever to encode video (around 20 to 25mins per 50minute video). When you have a whole season, or seasons to do.. takes about half a day.
     
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    The CPU is the bottleneck then, you can check Activity Monitor > Disk Activity during an encoding to see, how fast your HDD is been written to.

    I have a 2.8 GHz CPU in my MBP and transcoding a video DVD would be slowed down by the CPU and not the HDD speed (90 MB/s).
    If it would be the HDD with 90 MB/s, you would write 5.4 GB per minute, which is probably not the case,
     
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    Thanks! It says Peak 2.8MB/sec.. I guess that's quite low? How fast would an i5 or i7 be these days?
     
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    Four to five times faster:
    Mac Benchmarks by Geekbench

    As you transcode to a highly compressed format, an SSD will not be helping you, if you would transcode to an uncompressed format, HDDs are becoming slow.
     
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    Wow huge increase. Alright thanks, I'll just wait it out for the updates then. Always thought it was an SSD I really wanted, but guess it's a better processor I need after all.
     
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    A fifty minute video takes a bit less than an hour for me, though I don't do that anymore, but when I had my iBook, it would take 12 hours to transcode one movie via HandBrake.
     
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    Handbrake I'm using right this minute. Wonder if some software is faster than others..
     
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    Does Handbrake use all the available CPU? It does on my C2D Macs and Xeon Macs I tested it with. Maybe some application is faster by a minute or three, but that will probably mean a loss in quality.
     
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    Handbrake seems to operate faster when source/dest file are on my SSD than when they are on my 750gb internal hdd.

    As others have said it depends on where your bottleneck is.
     
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    C2D is pretty slow for Handbrake, an i5 quad core is much faster. An SSD will make only a minimal difference.
     
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    I did some tests:

    I used HandBrake 0.95 (64-bit) for a 5m 00s clip from ripped video DVD using "Normal preset":
    2 GHz C2D in 20" iMac from 2007
    HandBrake used approx. 150 % of 200 % available CPU power, data rate was around 70 KB/s on average, with a 7 MB spike at the beginning of the process lasting for less than a second.

    (1) from external Firewire 800 HDD to internal SSD: 6m 21s

    (2) external Firewire 800 HDD to same Firewire 800 HDD: 5m 45s

    (3) internal SSD to same SSD: 6m 17s

    (4) internal SSD to external Firewire 800 HDD: 5m 46s​

    2.8 GHz C2D in 17" MBP from 2009
    CPU was used at approx. 150 % of 200 % available CPU power, data rate was around 100 KB/s on average, with a 7 MB spike at the beginning of the process lasting for less than a second.

    (1) internal HDD to internal SSD: 4m 08s

    (2) internal HDD to internal HDD: 4m 13s

    (3) internal SSD to same SSD: 4m 38s

    (4) internal SSD to internal HDD: 4m 08s​
     

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