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Issues with Speed

Oct 26, 2016 at 1:43 PM
Hello,

I am new to MCE (as of yesterday), but I purchased to remove commercials from recordings that were made through my HDHomerun. When I try to convert them they are miserably slow (3 hours and 45 minutes for each one). I have tried both MP4 Normal and MP4 Fast with comskip checked. I have a decent processor (Xeon E5-1650 3.2 Ghz).

What am I doing wrong or do I have it setup incorrectly because I'm guessing it shouldn't take this long to process one stream.

I have attached a link to my dropbox account to see the log for one show conversion which is VERY long so I did not want to embed it here and I did not see a way to attach a file here.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oszhcwbzx9d07gt/Arrow%20%282012%29%20-%20S05E03%20-%20A%20Matter%20of%20Trust.ts-Convert%20to%20MP4-2016-10-25T20-30-31.4488947-05-00.log?dl=0

Any help would be appreciated
Oct 26, 2016 at 7:06 PM
Can you post your system specifications? CPU and GPU specifications and model numbers, at the very minimum.


At the very bottom of every conversion log, there is a summary of the conversion job and the time each step took:

--> <Start At Date/Time>    <Duration (hh:mm:ss)>       <Activity>
--> <10/25/2016 20:30:34>   <00:00:00>      <Running custom commands>
--> <10/25/2016 20:30:34>   <00:00:02>      <Getting show information and banner from Internet sources>
--> <10/25/2016 20:30:37>   <00:00:00>      <Running custom commands>
--> <10/25/2016 20:30:37>   <00:00:02>      <Checking for disk space>
--> <10/25/2016 20:30:39>   <00:00:28>      <Copying source file to working directory>
--> <10/25/2016 20:31:07>   <00:00:07>      <Analyzing video information>
--> <10/25/2016 20:31:15>   <00:00:02>      <Trimming video recording>
--> <10/25/2016 20:31:18>   <03:57:04>      <Comskip advertisement scan>
--> <10/26/2016 00:28:22>   <00:00:00>      <Running custom commands>
--> <10/26/2016 00:28:22>   <00:00:53>      <Removing commercials>
--> <10/26/2016 00:29:16>   <00:00:14>      <Analyzing video information>
--> <10/26/2016 00:29:30>   <00:01:07>      <Analyzing video information>
--> <10/26/2016 00:30:37>   <00:10:37>      <Converting>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:15>   <00:00:04>      <Writing show information>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:20>   <00:00:00>      <Renaming file using show information>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:20>   <00:00:00>      <Running custom commands>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:20>   <00:00:00>      <Moving converted file to destination>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:20>   <00:00:00>      <Running custom commands>
--> <10/26/2016 00:41:20>   <00:00:00>      <Success - All done!>
As you can see, comskip took you almost 4 hours to complete. Do you have the donator version of ComSkip? I highly recommend it if you don't as it is at least 10x faster to remove commercials. Your current MCEBuddy engine is using the built in, non-donator version of Comskip which is quite slow.

Once you buy the donator version of ComSkip, you will need to extract the zip to C:\Program Files\comskip\ and then change the Comskip path in MCEBuddy -> Settings -> General Settings -> System Settings

I can see the actual conversion by MCEBuddy is being performed by Handbrake and using your Intel Quick Sync Video codec. This is great news and you happen to get much higher FPS than I have seen previously (avg around 223fps).

In short, the only thing you should do is purchase and start using the donator version of Comskip. Using the donator version, I can remove commercials from a 1 hour program in about 3 minutes.
Oct 26, 2016 at 8:25 PM
@JoshDi

Thanks for the response. I am attaching all the info that I think that you were requesting. I just picked this up to be the Plex Media server on Ebay and saw it was quick according to cpubenchmark so I figured it would be good for doing many things.

Make: HP or Hewlett Packard
Model: Z420 Workstation
Processor: Intel XEON E5-1650 3.20 Hex Core (6 Cores/12 Threads)
Memory: 16GB DDR3 ECC (8 of 8 Slots Used)
Optical Drives: 16X Tray-Loading DVD-RW Multi Recorder (Plays DVD’s and CD’s and records DVD’s and CD’s)
Network: Intel 10/100/1000 82579LM
Audio: Built In Realtek Audio
Video Card: ATI/AMD FirePro V (FireGL V) V4900
Hard Drive: 128 SSD Operating System Drive and 2000GB (2TB) Seagate Barracuda
Power Supply: 600 Watt (does Support Gaming Graphics Card – Dual 6-Pin Connections)
Latest BIOS Applied - 3.90!
Valid Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit - Installed and ready to go!

I will get the donator version of comskip. I thought it was upgraded within MCEBuddy so I did not get it initially. I will go ahead and upgrade and see what happens. I just saw the 4 hour time frame and thought it was horrible so I figured I had something wrong.
Oct 27, 2016 at 2:39 AM
WHOA....Not sure of quality yet because Comskip is in the middle of doing its magic....but the speed difference is unbelievable. What before took over 4 hours to complete is now being done in 11 minutes....

Recommendation....from a guy that wasted a day trying to make this work....get the Comskip (cost currently $10) and save yourself the headache and time of just using MCEBuddy and the built in version.

Mike
Marked as answer by rboy1 on 10/27/2016 at 9:50 AM
Oct 27, 2016 at 1:23 PM
I dont' have the donate version of comskip and have nowhere near your conversion times. I do, however, have hardware encoding checked and working. Not at my pc right now so no times to compare, but it generally takes less than 15 minutes to complete for my wife's Young and the Restless episodes. Built my pc couple of years ago, I7, 16gig, SSD drives and no video card, just using the onboard Intel video.
Oct 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM
kikboxr777 wrote:
@JoshDi

Thanks for the response. I am attaching all the info that I think that you were requesting. I just picked this up to be the Plex Media server on Ebay and saw it was quick according to cpubenchmark so I figured it would be good for doing many things.

Make: HP or Hewlett Packard
Model: Z420 Workstation
Processor: Intel XEON E5-1650 3.20 Hex Core (6 Cores/12 Threads)
Memory: 16GB DDR3 ECC (8 of 8 Slots Used)
Optical Drives: 16X Tray-Loading DVD-RW Multi Recorder (Plays DVD’s and CD’s and records DVD’s and CD’s)
Network: Intel 10/100/1000 82579LM
Audio: Built In Realtek Audio
Video Card: ATI/AMD FirePro V (FireGL V) V4900
Hard Drive: 128 SSD Operating System Drive and 2000GB (2TB) Seagate Barracuda
Power Supply: 600 Watt (does Support Gaming Graphics Card – Dual 6-Pin Connections)
Latest BIOS Applied - 3.90!
Valid Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit - Installed and ready to go!

I will get the donator version of comskip. I thought it was upgraded within MCEBuddy so I did not get it initially. I will go ahead and upgrade and see what happens. I just saw the 4 hour time frame and thought it was horrible so I figured I had something wrong.
what a powerful machine! I thought my setup was top notch, HA. I guess I do still have over 50 TB ;)

Glad I was able to help you and that upgrading to the donator version of comskip resolved your issues.