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  • Movie Plug-in for TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5 and TMPGEnc MovieStyle that enables support of Toshiba Corporation's SpursEngine™.
  • Language: English. Also available in Japanese.

Enable high-speed encoding with SpursEngine™ equipped devices!

This product is a plug-in which makes it possible for TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5 or TMPGEnc MovieStyle to perform hardware encoding on devices embedded with the Toshiba Media Streaming Processor SpursEngine.

Important:

This plug-in requires that you own TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5 or TMPGEnc MovieStyle AND a supported SpursEngine hardware device. See below for currently supported SpursEngine devices.

What is SpursEngine?

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 1920x1080 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.

Leadtek WinFast PxVC1100

Currently supported SpursEngine devices include Leadtek's WinFast PxVC1100 transcoding card (pictured), Canopus' FIRECODER Blu card, and select Toshiba Qosmio series laptop computers.

High-Powered, High-Speed Encoding

Blazing Fast MPEG-2 and H.264 Video Encoding

With TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress and TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5

By using this plug-in, you can now take control of the encoder circuits included in the SpursEngine and experience incredible output processing speed even with high CPU power-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 the TMPGEnc software itself, creating content readily available for editing or DVD/Blu-ray creation.

See TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress + SpursEngine benchmark results!

With TMPGEnc MovieStyle

Combine the speed of SpursEngine encoding with MovieStyle's easy-to-use batch processing and folder monitoring for the quickest way to encode your video for your favorite digital device!

TMPGEnc MovieStyle target output devices that can be used with the TMPGEnc Movie Plug-in SpursEngine are as follows: PSP, iPod Classic / Nano / Touch / iPhone, Apple TV, and PlayStation 3.

See TMPGEnc MovieStyle + SpursEngine benchmark results!

Check out this real-time demonstration of how fast SpursEngine encoding is compared to CPU-only encoding with TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress!
In this example, SpursEngine encoding is almost twice as fast!
(Speed increase depends on your computer's hardware and your video's properties.)

Super Resolution feature

Upscale your SD content to HD!

Convert your SD video (720x480i, etc.) to sharp HD video (1920×1080) with Super Resolution technology. Better than merely resizing the video, it uses a Super Resolution algorithm developed by Toshiba and the SpursEngine's high speed calculation to make the image sharper and clearer at high resolutions.

*Option available when used with TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress and TMPGEnc MovieStyle.

*In TMPGEnc MovieStyle, Super-Resolution feature is only available when using the PlayStation 3 output profile.

Get higher speeds with NVIDIA® CUDA™

Increase your output by 200%!

On output, the SpursEngine plug-in also allows you to use our NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology-enabled filter processing*, adding a 200% or more increase in speed compared to a SpursEngine only output.

*When used with TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress and TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5.

*CUDA speed increases depend on the soucre file type and whether video filters are applied.

Benchmark Results (TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress)

See how fast SpursEngine can be!

Test 1 Compares the output duration using the environment type 1 below, outputs an MPEG-2 file using the CPU or the SpursEngine™, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled.
Test 2 Compares the output duration using the environment type 1 below, outputs a H.264 file using the CPU or the SpursEngine™, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled.
Test 3 Compares the output duration using the environment type 1 below, outputs an MPEG-2 file using the SpursEngine™ Super-resolution, with CUDA filters disabled or enabled.
Test 4 Compares the output duration using the environment type 2 below, outputs an H.264 file using the SpursEngine™ Super-resolution.

Test Environments:

Test Environment Type 1
OS Windows XP Professional SP3
CPU Pentium D 2.80 GHz
Memory 2 GB
VGA GeForce 9600 GT / ForceWare 181.20
HDD 7200 rpm SATA2 × 2
SpursEngine Device WinFast PxVC1100
Test Environment Type 2 (Qosmio F50/88G)
OS Windows Vista Home Premium SP
CPU Core 2 Duo P8400
Memory 2 GB
VGA GeForce 9600 GT / ForceWare 179.28
HDD 5400 rpm × 1
SpursEngine Device Integrated

*The SpursEngine integrated Qosmio functionalities are currently not guaranteed, nor part of our covered technical support service functions.

Source File MPEG-2, 720×480, 4:3, 3 minutes, VBR 4000 kb/s (max:9200 kb/s)
Filter Processing Picture resize, Video noise reduction, Smart sharpness

Output Settings:

MPEG-2 Output
Format Type Blu-ray (BDMV) [NTSC] (SpursEngine output is set to "Blu-ray (NTSC)"), 1920×1080, 16:9
Framerate 29.97 fps, interlaced
Bitrate CBR, 32000 kb/s
Audio Dolby Digital, Stereo, 256 kb/s
MPEG-4 H.264 Output
Format Type Profile & Level: Main 4.1, 1920×1080, 16:9
Framerate 29.97 fps, progressive
Bitrate 1 pass VBR, 10000 kb/s (max: 15000 kb/s)
Video Entropy Setting CABAC
Audio AAC-LC, 48000 Hz, Stereo, 128 kb/s

Benchmark Results (TMPGEnc MovieStyle)

The Results Are In!

Test 1 Using Environment Type 3, compares the output duration for PlayStation 3 output using the CPU versus the SpursEngine™.
Test 2 Using Environment Type 3, compares the output duration for iPod output using the CPU versus the SpursEngine™.

Test Environment:

Test Environment Type 3
OS Windows Vista Business SP1
CPU E6550 2.33GHz
Memory 2 GB
VGA GeForce 9600 GT
Encode Mode Prioritize Quality
Preferences Prefetched Cache - OFF
Multithread Filtering - ON
Preview - ON

Source Files

Source File File Type Length # of Frames
Full HD Material AVCHD (.MTS) 5 Min. 4 Sec. 9133
720P Material HDV (.mpg) 5 Min. 4 Sec. 9133
SD Material MPEG-2 (.mpg) 5 Min. 4 Sec. 9133