Holy Moly! CyberLink Transcodes Four 1080P Video Files in Real Time on Radeon HD 4850


Chances are you own at least one high tech, handheld gadget, whether it be an iPod, iPhone, PSP, or other device capable of playing back movies. It's also a safe bet to say you probably don't look forward to transcoding your favorite flicks into a compatible format, particularly when dealing with HD content. That's what makes CyberLink's achievement so noteworthy.

CyberLink's PowerDirector 7 Ultra incorporates GPU-accelerated transcoding into the software suite, and during a business demonstration, Shuichi Takagi, CyberLink's VP of business development, showed just how powerful the algorithm is. Using an ATI Radeon HD 4850 videocard equipped with 512MB onboard RAM, PowerDirector 7 Ultra handily converted four HD MPEG-2 movies into MPEG-4 simultaneously and in real time. Details on the rest of the testbed remain sparse, but Shuichi did say it would take just 30 minutes to grind four full-length movies down into 200MB files. PowerDirector Ultra retails for $120 on CyberLink's website, awesome movies not included.

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