Speeding up Video Rendering/Compressing, what hardware changes?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gauchogolfer, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Hi all,
    I'm working with some large video files (22GB for ~4 minutes of footage) that obviously need to be compressed for distribution (or at least until I can burn to BluRay :cool:). I'm using Adobe Premier Pro on an XP box at work, and would like to speed up this process. Currently it takes about 1 hour to compress this down (fixed bitrate of ~5000K/sec) to get it smaller than 1 GB.

    Here are my specs:
    HP Workstation
    Opteron Dual Core processor (254)
    2 GB RAM
    160GB RAID SCSI scratch disk
    Nvidia Quadro FX 1400

    When I go talk to IT to get upgraded, where should I focus on? CPU (more cores/faster)? GPU? More RAM?

    Thanks for the help...
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    I vote RAM!

    I'm not sure the GPU is even involved in this process, so that should be fine. Faster CPU will almost always help, but is quite expensive to replace. Since you've only got 2GB RAM, I'd throw some more in (considering how cheap it is these days), and see how it goes.
  3. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    I fear a faster processor is really the only thing that's going to make a significant difference. The video encoding is not very demanding in terms of memory.

    A specialized hardware solution such as this one or that one might be something to look into, but I have no hands-on experience with them.

    - Martin

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