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Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD Benchmarks Results

Author: Derrick Freeman
Video Streaming and Compression Specialist for GeniusDV

I'm been working on some benchmarks for Flip4Mac's speed export settings. Flip4Mac users can actually find the export speed adjustment setting by clicking the Advanced button under the Video tab inside Flip4Mac.

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When the dialog window opens users will see 5 options located within the Complexity pull-down menu under Coding Method. The available options are Live Fast, Live Normal , Offline Fast, Offline Normal, Offline Slow.

Here are how the settings work.

The quicker way to export video to Windows Media using Flip4Mac is to use the Live Fast setting. This setting gives individuals the ability to export Windows Media content using Flip4Mac as fast as possible. The trade off is that the video content might not look as good when using the Live Fast Complexity setting. In compression applications that have a faster export option for encoding, the video generally does not look as good as if you were to give your compression job more time to process and encode the source. Users of Flip4Mac can use this type of thinking to get their desired quality for their Windows Media content. The longer you are willing to wait for your video to encode the better your video will look. So as Live Fast is the fastest export setting Live Normal takes a little bit longer and yields a little bit better quality. If you decide to sacrifice a little more time for the Windows Media export you can get even better quality than Live Normal by using the Offline Fast setting. As users sacrifice even more time and use the Offline Normal setting they will get a video that looks extremely good in quality. Lastly, the Offline Slow setting will yield the best quality.

I found in my benchmark testing that for a Quicktime source file that was 3 minutes long I could export that file on an older Mac Dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4workstation using the Live Fast option and it would take 3 minutes. If I used the Offline Normal complexity option it took 4 more minutes finishing the export in 7 minutes. To get the best possible quality that Flip4Mac could produce I had to wait 16 minutes by using the Offline Slow setting. It was worth the wait because my video looked far better than using Live Fast and considerable better than using Offline Normal. So for those that are not in a big hurry it's a "no brainer" to use the Offline Slow complexity setting.

As I noticed in my benchmark testing using the 2-pass VBR coding method produced video with green artifacts a some points in the video. This issue should be resolved in upcoming releases of Flip4Mac. In my benchmark testing I also learned that the 2 GHz Intel Core Duo Macs don't encode as fast as the 2 GHz PowerPC G5. Currently, Flip4Mac provides support for Intel meaning that the application will run on the Intel computers but it doesn't yet take advantage of the Intel processors. "Flip4Mac is currently working on WMV optimization for Intel Macs and expects to release an upgrade which provides significantly faster encoding speeds for Intel Mac users later this month", says Janet Swift, Marketing and Communications Manager for Telestream. After seeing compression speed improvements from the PowerMac G4 to the iMac G5, I look forward to the faster Windows Media export speeds with Flip4Mac on the iMac Intels.

Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD Benchmarks Results:


Note: The target bit rate for used for all of the testing was 307 kbps, 15 fps with 2-pass VBR for video and 2-pass CBR for audio.

Source Files used:

QT Source File: DV/DVC Pro - NTSC

PCM audio - 48 kHz - Stereo

Frame size: 720 x 480

Length: 3 minutes

HDV Source File: Apple HDV 1080i60

Uncompressed audio - 48 kHz - Stereo

Frame size: 1440 x 1080

Length: 2 minutes


1. Workstation #1

Machine: PowerMac G4 Processor: Dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4, 2MB L3 Cache Per Processor

Memory: 1 GB SDRAM OS: Mac 10.4.8

Using QuickTime Source File

1. Live Fast Total Export Time: 3 minutes

2. Live Normal Total Export Time: 5 minutes

3. Offline Fast Total Export Time: 6 minutes

4. Offline Normal Total Export Time: 7 minutes

5. Offline Slow Total Export Time: 16 minutes

2. Workstation #2

Machine: iMac G5 Processor: 2 GHz PowerPC G5

Memory: 1 GB SDRAM OS: Mac 10.4.8


Using QuickTime Source File

1. Live Fast Total Export Time: 2 minutes 45 secs.

2. Offline Slow Total Export Time: 11 minutes


Using HDV Source file

2. Offline Slow Total Export Time: 9 minutes


3. Workstation #3

Machine: iMac Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core Duo

Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM OS: Mac 10.4.8

Processors: 1 Number of Cores: 2


Using QuickTime Source File

1. Live Fast Total Export Time: 4 minutes

2. Offline Slow Total Export Time: 29 minutes


Using HDV Source file

2. Offline Slow Total Export Time: 17 minutes

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