GPU-Based Video Encoding is Here: Does That Mean Curtains For Your CPU?



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The full version just came out sometime recently.  I went up and downloaded the test version and tried it.  I saw some of the artifacts that you showed.  I went ahead and purchased it since it is only $30 instead of the originally announced price of $100.  I fired it up on an AMD X2 4850e and BFG GTX 260OC setup.  The artifacts and watermark were no longer present.  It still is not the super fast encoder that they kept pushing it to be, but it is fast.  To take Indiana Jones 4 (movie only) to iPod Nano setting, it only took 4 1/2 minutes.  Handbrake and CloneDVDMobile take MUCH longer.  It looks great on the Nano screen.  Who knows if there is a difference in image quality difference, the speed difference made me not care.  It does appear to use the one core of the X2 while it converts.



I guess it would have been fair to test Badaboon at an 720p baseline encode where it could really flex it's muscles and show where it's at .

I should imagine that hi-res encodes are the wave of the future and out are the blocky DivX/Xvid monstrosities of yesterday .

It's all good ! 



Is Badaboom a DVD backup tool or one for converting to your portable media device.

I also don't get why you even bothered with test #1 and #4.  Baseline settings and iPhone at least use the similar video quality settings the other tests are meaningless or misleading at best.

Maybe they should take PS3 off the supported product list until they get other profiles working




This review is only two days old, and yet you are using a version of x264 from February!

x264 is regularily updated, sometimes several times a day, and has received some new features that have a serious impact on the size to quality ratio.

For the sake of your readers, I request you update your x264 and redo the tests. If Handbrake does not allow manually updating, you should be using another, similar GUI to do this test, and not Handbrake.



A reader who wants a fair review



 I love it!!!


"There's no time like the future."


Talcum X

 Why on earth do you have a copy of PeeWee's Big Adventure?  That's low for even Geek standards.


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Is Badaboom intended to be a free product?  If not, how does it compare to other commercial solutions like DVDFab Platinum or TMPEGENC Xpress?

What are you using to rip the DVD to the hard drive before converting it?  Isn't it still illegal to rip a DVD because you are bypassing the copy protection scheme, or was there a change to the law?

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