Well, that was quick: Studio XPS tears through video encoding


Man, is this thing [email protected]$$!  I finally got a chance to put the Studio XPS 435MT through some “tests” last night…only to be astounded by the results.

While I am not a video editor per se, I do dable in video encoding/compression and some minor video cutting/stitching every now and then.  To see how my new rig compared to my old Pentium 4-based desktop, I decided to compress a full DVD rip (all 5GB) into an iPod touch/iPhone compatible/sized file with the wonderful open source app, Handbrake.  On my old machine it would take close to real time (aka the same number of minutes it would take to watch the movie) to compress a full DVD with Handbrake’s iPod touch presets – somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 to 100 minutes.  Well, the days of set-and-forget are over!  The Studio XPS processed the entire DVD in under 15 minutes!

Now, I know what many of you are thinking…my old machine was OLD and clearly was no match.  Yes, I know.  But, <15 minutes for a full compression! That is some serious power, no matter what you compare it to! I then went on to compress a full DVD rip with Handbrake’s ‘film’ preset – aka a 2-pass, super high quality compression setting to maximize both quality and file size.  In previous attempts on the old Dimension, this process could take anywhere from 4 to 10+ hours to accomplish.  On the Studio XPS, the same process took just under 60 minutes!

Essentially this beast is operating at upwards of 8 times the speed (at least in terms of video compression/encoding) of my old desktop.  Talk about a serious upgrade.