I'm in the process of putting together an HD podcast, and as such, I'm going to need to encode HDV to h.264 regularly. I'm currently running on a Dual 2.5Ghz G5 with 2 gigs of RAM, and encoding h.264 is SLOW. It probably took an hour or so to encode 5 minutes of video (HDV to HD h.264). I looked at Elgato's turbo.264, but it doesn't seem to support HD encoding. I would guess there aren't really any ways to speed up the encoder on my G5 -- right now I close everything out and let Compressor do its thing... but if there are any tricks that might make this run faster, I'd love to hear them =) I've been considering a Mac Pro for quite a while now... and this is one more reason to get it. For anyone who has gone that route, can you tell me what kind of speed increase I might see? Also, when it comes to encoding... what kind of gain is there moving up from the 4-core to the 8-core? Thanks for any suggestions -- if there's a faster way to encode, I'd love to hear it!