Video Encoders Compared

Real World Video Compression looked at four Mac compression tools: El Gato’s Turbo.264 1.3 hardware dongle and software, Apple’s Compressor 3.0.3, Episode Pro 5.0.1, and Techspansion’s Visual Hub 1.3.4 to see which performs best in terms of speed (not necessarily quality; all rendering was done with default settings).

The tests were run on a beefy Mac Pro and a slightly older MacBook Pro. The Turbo.264 fared the best thanks to its DSP (Digital Signal Processing) chip, but that was the case on both machines – indicating that you’d be just fine offloading some compression tasks to an older Mac and a Turbo.264, versus spending the money to buy a new, faster system.

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