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Encoding with Intel Quick Sync Video

Nov 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Since it looked like this program was using handbrakecli.exe directly from handbrake I decided to try replacing it (in c:\Program Files\MCEBuddy2x\handbrake) with a nightly build ( that included Intel Quick Sync video ( support and creating my own profile.

So far it seems to be working!

But I have yet to more closely check audio/video sync on output (working on this remotely for now).

profiles.conf entry:

Description=Handbrake with Intel QSV.
handbrake-general=--loose-anamorphic --modulus 2 --deinterlace qsv --verbose=2 -f mp4 -4
handbrake-video=--start-at duration:3 -e qsv_h264 -q 22 --qsv-preset balanced --h264-profile high --h264-level 4.1
handbrake-audio=-E faac -R auto -B 160
handbrake-audioac3=-E faac -R auto -B 160
Marked as answer by rboy1 on 1/29/2014 at 9:00 AM
Nov 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Very cool, Interested to know your hardware setup and how much this speeds it up.
Nov 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I have a Dell 15R Laptop (3rd gen Core i5 with 8gb RAM) with a Hauppauge HVR950 ATSC/NTSC tuner (Not 950Q which means No QAM ) and since I have no good antennas for my area I use it to tune analog cable at the "Best" setting in Windows Media Center. Then I have MCE Buddy transcode it of course. As far as metrics goes this one isn't "Apples to Apples" but it gives a good idea as both are half hour PBS programs (I grabbed this info from the MCE buddy log):

Martha Speaks_WXXI_2013_11_26_06_30_00.wtv-convert to PS3-2013-11-26T07-04-23.0623224-05-00
Total time taken by conversion (hh:mm:ss) -> 00:18:56

Super Why!_WXXI_2013_11_26_11_28_00.wtv-Convert QSV-2013-11-26T14-26-39.9197466-05-00
Total time taken by conversion (hh:mm:ss) -> 00:02:27

Also in my setup is a Plex media server that scrapes mce buddy's output folder for remote streaming, remote potato for remote scheduling and serverwmc for integration with XBMC on my Raspberry Pi computer.
Dec 4, 2013 at 3:49 AM
Wow that is a massive speed up. Are you happy that the quality is good as well?
Dec 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM
The quality is very good at the -q 22 setting but considering the analog cable source and the file size I was getting (about 500mb per 1/2 hour) I decided to drop the setting and I still get a very acceptable quality (for analog) at -q 28 and the file size is closer to 170mb per 1/2 hour. I'd say for a better source video though you'd probably want at least -q 24 if not -q 22.