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Pegasys To Offer TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress Plug-In For SpursEngine™ Technology Yielding Up To 588% Faster Processing Speed For High Definition Video Encoding

SpursEngine Technology Offers High-Speed Hardware Transcoding and Encoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 Video


Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo – April 15, 2009 -
Pegasys Inc. (http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com), the company that makes digital video easy, announces the upcoming availability of the TMPGEnc SpursEngine™ Movie Plug-in for TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. A release date for the Plug-in has yet to be announced. The Plug-in enables high-speed, hardware encoding on devices embedded with the SpursEngine Media Streaming Processor from Toshiba®. The combination offers blazing fast transcoding and encoding from standard video to high-resolution H.264 and MPEG-2 video.


"We are pleased to offer cutting-edge SpursEngine video processing technology support for our TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress software. TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress plus Toshiba’s SpursEngine technology is a hard-to-beat combination for the fastest H.264 and MPEG-2 processing available today," commented Tak EBINE, Pegasys CEO.


Toshiba’s SpursEngine, a co-processor that uses four Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores based on "Cell Broadband Engine™”, offers high-speed calculations to perform the huge number of processes to transcode/encode standard video into crystal clear 1920×1080 High Definition (HD) video. It offers high performance media streaming, with a fast clock frequency of 1.5GHz, and a low power consumption range of 10W to 20W. It can also off-load decoding and encoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 from the CPU to SpursEngine devices. Currently supported SpursEngine devices include LeadTek’s WinFast PxVC1100 transcoding card, Canopus’ Firecoder Blu card and select Toshiba Qosmio series laptop computers.


The TMPGEnc SpursEngine Movie Plug-in for TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress allows users to take control of the encoder circuits included in the SpursEngine and experience incredible output processing speed even with CPU demanding tasks such as high-definition video processing. Furthermore, everything that the SpursEngine cannot do, such as audio encoding or video and audio multiplexing, is handled by TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress itself. Users that also have an NVIDIA CUDA graphics card can see a speed increase of up to 200% compared to using the SpursEngine and the CPU for encoding and filter processing.


TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress SpursEngine benchmark results image

In recent benchmark testing using environment type 1 below:

Test 1:
Compares the duration of outputting the source file to MPEG-2 format using the CPU or the SpursEngine, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled. SpursEngine processing speed increased to 130%, and with CUDA enabled, speed increased to 286% compared to CPU-only processing.
Test 2:
Compares the duration of outputting the source file to H.264 format using the CPU or the SpursEngine, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled. SpursEngine processing speed increased to 262%, and with CUDA enabled, speed increased to 588% compared to CPU-only processing.
Test 3:
Compares the duration of outputting the source file to MPEG-2 format using the SpursEngine Super Resolution feature, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled. With CUDA on, the processing speed increased to 260% compared to when CUDA is disabled.

In recent benchmark testing using environment type 2 below:

Test 4:
Compares the duration of outputting the source file to H.264 format using the SpursEngine Super Resolution feature. SpursEngine Super Resolution output shows processing speed increasing to 514% compared to CPU-only processing.

Benchmark Testing environments:

Environment Type 1: Windows XP Professional SP3, Pentium D 2.8 GHz, 2GB RAM, GeForce 9600 GT/ForceWare 181.20, 7200rpm SATA2 x2 HDD, WinFast PxVC1100.

Environment Type 2: Qosmio F50/88G, Windows Vista Home Premium SP, Core 2 Duo P8400, 2GB RAM, GeForce 9600 GT/ForceWare 179.28, 5400 rpm x 1 HDD, integrated SpursEngine.
*The SpursEngine™ integrated Qosmio functionalities are currently not guaranteed, nor part of our covered technical support service functions.

Source File: MPEG-2, 720 x 480, 4:3 aspect ratio, 3 minutes, VBR 4000 kb/s.

Filter Processing: Picture resize, Video noise reduction, Smart sharpness


Benchmark Output Settings:

MPEG-2 Output: Blu-ray (BDMV), NTSC, 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 29.97 fps (interlaced), CBR 32000 kb/s, Dolby Digital (stereo, 256 kb/s) audio encoding.

MPEG-4 H.264 Output: Main 4.1 Profile & Level, 1920 x 1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 29.97 fps (progressive), 1 pass VBR 10000 kb/s (max: 15000 kb/s), CABAC video entropy setting, AAC-LC (48000 Hz, stereo, 128 kb/s) audio encoding.


The TMPGEnc SpursEngine Movie Plug-In for TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress will be available in Q2, 2009. Visit the Pegasys Inc. website (http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com) for the latest news on this exciting new product.


About PEGASYS Inc.
PEGASYS Inc. makes digital video easy. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, PEGASYS was established in November 2001 with the release of TMPGEnc Plus -- probably the world's most popular MPEG-1/2 video encoding software and at the time, was the only freeware video encoder. The company's two flagship products, the TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress video encoder and the new TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4, anchor a strong line of retail and OEM digital video editing and encoding products for home and professional users.


The recognized leaders in developing quality video encoding tools for MPEG applications, PEGASYS Inc.'s encoding technology is also incorporated into numerous commercial and professional video editing and DVD-creation software products. PEGASYS have been bundled with quality products from top worldwide manufacturers, including Sony Japan and Pioneer. For information about PEGASYS Inc. and its products, visit the company's website at www.pegasys-inc.com.


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