I recently built a new system (my two old computers are based around a Core 2 Duo E6700 and E6750 cpu's) and after reading about the impending Core I7 release I decided to hold out for the best. So now I have a brand new system that uses a Core I7 950 (glad I waited, if I'd shelled out for the 940 I would have been really annoyed), with 6gb of ram, an XFX GTX 260 graphics adapter, two 1TB Caviar Black hard drives running Vista Ultimate x64.
But here's the thing, I frequently record TV shows (on one of my other computers with a capture card) and burn them onto DVD. I'm still using the version of Nero Vision 188.8.131.52 which came with Nero 7. The thing is that it takes almost as long (maybe a few minutes less) on the Core I7 machine to encode / transcode the video for burning as it did on my old system. About 45 minutes for every 50 minutes of video, so about 80 minutes for two episodes of something on a single DVD. While Nero Vision is transcoding the CPU's show less than 20 percent utilization on only one of the four cores.
The only thing that I can figure out is that it's something in the Nero software and that it just doesn't make good use of the hardware to speed the transcoding process.
A lot of people really seem to be down on Nero 8 and 9 so I'm looking for a DVD authoring tool to use in place of the version of Nero Vision that I'm now using that will hopefully take better advantage of my new systems hardware. It seems that I read someplace (I can't seem to locate the reference to it) that there was software that offloaded the encoding tasks to the GPU on the graphics card to greatly speed up video transcoding.
Also I'd read a C/Net article about a company giving away a free authoring tool, WinX DVD Author 5.5.8. So I gave it a try and while it was trying to encode the video for burning the program crashed, I tried it several times with exactly the same results.
Can anyone make a suggestion or two regarding better software?