MKV Conversion Time in Visualhub. Is this right?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by soquickwitit, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. soquickwitit macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2007
    I figured it'd go a little quicker than 5 hrs with the new macbook i picked up.

    it takes about 5 hrs per bluray mkv file. I have a new macbook, 2.4ghz, 4gig ram. From someone knowledged, is this about right?

    Is there a quicker way? thx
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Encoding high-def H.264 is pretty much the most expensive thing you can do, in terms of processor time. It's a very computationally intensive task, there's not much you can really do to reduce the time involved.
  3. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I have a MacBook Pro with similar specs and it took just over 4 hours to do 117 min movie. Sounds right to me (non-HD titles in HandBreak take me 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours with dual pass selected, just an FYI for comparison)
  4. MrPunk2u macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2007
    West Hollywood, CA
    on my 2.8 iMac it takes about 2-3 hours
  5. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    I'll confirm. It takes awhile. Que a number of them up and let it run over night...
  6. cenetti macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    new mac pro takes about 70mins average for an 8.5gb HD mkv to mp4
    (everything high) - go nuts, best possible etc.

    I've converted about 170 HD files so far, without a mac pro..I couldn't have done it..

    even with that I backup my movie library else but just movies...way too much time invested...I cant imagine losing them....
  7. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Good lord, 70 mins for a 8.5GB HD MKV???

    I need a Mac Pro. Or Two. :D
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    It does take a while.

    The likes of a TV show in HD (i.e. Lost) VisualHub converts the 1.07GB file from .mkv to .mp4 in about 90 minutes.

    Lost is about 45 minutes long. So, average movie = 2 hours, so (90x2.67)/60 = 4 hours.

    Sounds about right.
  9. soquickwitit thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2007

    What are the specs of your macbook pro? what piece of hardware is making your conversions go so quick?
  10. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    He's got a Mac Pro, not a MacBook Pro.

    Hence why his performance is ridiculously good.
  11. cenetti macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    its a mac pro..

    2 x 2.8ghz (8 cores) 6gb ram...

    2x750gb raid0

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