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|Express video conversion software Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso is the hassle-free solution for converting all your favorite videos for playback on iPhone, PSP, Xbox, YouTube and more. Simply choose the preferred media player or medium, and let MediaShow Espresso do the rest. During video conversion, you'll save precious time with support for powerful Intel® Core i7™, NVIDIA® CUDA™, and ATI® Stream™ CPU/GPU technologies. Leverage the combined performance of your CPU and GPU to convert files quickly and efficiently.
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6.5 (August 03, 2012)
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My go-to video converter over last two years. While we face a wide range of conversion needs, we have several standard scenarios that represent the bulk of transcoding tasks:
* MTS (AVCHD at various bit rates) to WMV for transcription and internal distribution
* MTS or WMV to MOV for Mac folks
Key benefits that keep me coming back:
+Speed, including multithreading and utilization of Intel Quick Sync CPU-based acceleration, critical for our many laptop based tasks.
+Reliability and frequency of updates/fixes
+Simplicity with templates that are easy to construct
+Reasonable level of customization for the encoding schemes. Though the parameters for customization are limited to container/file format (MP4, M2TS, MPG, WMV, AVI), Video Format, Resolution, Aspect Ration, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Format, Sampling Rate, and Audio Bit Rate, the customization options within each output parameter meet our needs, and, because a broad range of folks with differing skill levels use the software, the simplicity/customization trade-off is worth it to us.
Few improvement areas:
-No lossless join option
-Output folder does NOT default to source folder, requiring frequent trips to the settings dialog, which is accessed via the not entirely obvious button with a gear icon on it.
IF the customization options meet your needs, highly recommended.
Even if Espresso was free I'm not sure it would be worth the disk space to have it installed. It is easy to use -- literally anyone could master it in seconds -- and it's fast. The reason it's so easy is there are barely any options for encoding -- just a few presets for different devices. And those presets that are there are extremely limited, like no h264 at less than 720 frame sizes. The quality of encodes is also poor, with a lot of artifacts & jaggies. With a very quick look in the app's directories [folders], seems it has Python code, including stuff for DVDs which doesn't show up in the program itself. Espresso will accept DVD VOB files, but import the VIDEO_TS folder, and it encodes every VOB file individually -- if a movie takes up 4 VOBs, it'll spit out 4 separate files.
RE: Speed: I used Espresso with an ATI 4870, & most of the output formats did use the GPU (slightly) during encoding. With an AMD quad all 4 cores showed close to 100% loading, though there is a catch -- Espresso encoded 2 files in parallel to achieve that, so it really is designed for batch processing. For comparison I encoded a 1.5 hr movie in 4 VOBs to 320 X 240 mp4 & aac -- it took about 8 minutes to get 4 separate files. Recode (Nero 6) at default CD settings, 2-pass, took about 12 minutes. Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate 5, one of several converters I picked up at GOTD, took about 18 minutes going to 320 x 240 h.264 & aac.
All in all if I'm just after quick results, & willing to do without any control over the encoder, including format, transcoding with ATI's CCC built-in wizard does a better job with the same speed -- & save's $40. If you're after quality, just about everything out there should do better than Espresso.
Very basic transcoder, single file support with no apparent support for .avs or .d2v
Batch capable but haven't tested it.
Outputs are pre-selected from Apple, Microsoft and Sony choices.
Good speed, I'm currently running a Core 2 and a old Nvidia 8600GTS and videos are transcoded in a matter of minutes.
Quality is quite to very good but the file sizes are HUGE, most videos end up around 1Gb for videos starting less than 300Mb. Anything larger ends up as 2 or 3GB. Upscaling from old tiny mpg 1 videos is quite nice, with minimal jaggies. Haven't tried interlaced mpg 2 yet.
If space is no concern and you have a enabled video card then it's good.
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