I’m putting together a shootout between different software and hardware H.264 encoders. The planned line up:
– Elgato Turbo.264 HD
– Matrox MAX
– Blackmagic Design H.264 Pro Recorder
– Apple Compressor
– Adobe Media Encoder
– Telestream Episode
– Sorenson Squeeze
I’ll be looking for 2 things:
1. The fastest encoder with acceptable quality. This is a very frequent question I get, usually from editors and producers that need to get a rough cut on the web for review as fast as possible.
2. The best quality encoder, when time is not a factor.
Both of these will be weighed against cost.
As I run this test, what is most important to you? What formats do you typically have to deliver to your clients? Do you have to do a time code window burn? What specific things should I test or look at? Are there other encoders that I’m missing and should test?