Hard Labor - The best CPU for MPEG-4
Curtains up for MPEG-4! Right now there is hardly a more interesting topic for the majority of PC-users than the creation of video sequences in the space-saving MPEG-4 format or conversions to this format. The available amount of video material for MPEG-4 which, e.g. from the Internet, is constantly growing. Even the very latest movies that are still unavailable in European movie theaters can be downloaded as MPEG-4 videos from numerous Internet sites. The data volume is no longer a problem: in the past a single film required several CD-ROM's in order to be saved as a video in MPEG-1 format, today however, up to 110 minutes of video material in high quality can be squeezed onto a single CD-ROM. In addition: writeable CD's are very inexpensive and are practically ideal for MPEG-4.
In order to create MPEG-4 videos, or to convert existing digital film material, a lot of CPU performance is required, more than any other application demanded before. In our previous article concerning MPEG-4 (