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ffmpeg on Solaris Sparc, is very useful!

SO I had a video that I took while filming the stuff for the Talon, it was a camstudio encoded video that I filmed of the data logging software so I could sync the logs with the video. Since my video editing PC balked at opening the format, I decided to break out the Ultrasparc processors to have them stretch their legs on a little video exercise. I fire up ffmpeg on the box and start converting to mpeg1, at a whopping 8fps. I realized that basically ffmpeg was only using a single thread. So, I decided to try MP4 encoding, set the number of threads to 16 and away I went. This thing was able to transcode and compress the movie in real time, using most of all 8CPUs. I know the Corei7 machine would blow it away, but at least here at home where the video editing PC is a dual core AMD at best, the SPARC processors supplement things quite nicely.

ffmpeg using a single SPARC processor, can transcode avi to MPEG1 at 8fps
ffmpeg using a single SPARC processor, can transcode avi to MPEG1 at 8fps

 

I’m grateful that this machine can still dish it out like it has, I use it every single day from anywhere that I have internet, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

ffmpeg running on SPARC, using 16 threads loading across 8 cpus. Total of 70% cpu utilization.
ffmpeg running on SPARC, using 16 threads loading across 8 cpus. Total of 70% cpu utilization.

I hope you enjoyed that short bit, I figured someone would like to see that 🙂

 

ffmpeg on Solaris Sparc, is very useful!
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