Pegasys TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress Video Encoder to Use NVIDIA CUDA Technology

Pegasys Inc. today announced at the NVISION® 2008 visual computing conference, being held August 25th to 27th in San José, California, that it will use NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology to offload much of the proces

Tokyo -August 25, 2008 - -Pegasys Inc. (Ryogoku, Sumida -ku, Tokyo; CEO: Tak EBINE) today announced at the NVISION® 2008 visual computing conference, being held August 25th to 27th in San José, California, that it will use NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology to offload much of the processing required for TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress from the CPU to the graphics processing unit (GPU). A beta version of the software shows up to 446% performance increase over the CPU -only version.


What is CUDA technology?

NVIDIA's CUDA technology is the world's only C language environment for the GPU. It enables programmers and developers to create software for quickly solving complicated computation problems using GPU multicore parallel processing capabilities. To date, NVIDIA has shipped over 80 million CUDA -enabled GeForce® 8 Series and higher GPUs, the largest installed base of general -purpose, parallel -computing processors ever created. The latest generation of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs offer up to 240 processor cores, compared to a maximum of the four cores found on the highest -end CPU. Any process that can be divided into multiple elements and run in parallel can be programmed to take advantage of the massive processing potential of the GPU.

CUDA accelerates filter processing in beta version of TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress

Pegasys has incorporated CUDA technology for filter processing into the new beta version of its flagship video encoding software, TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. "In a very short time we have been able to use CUDA technology to offload decoding onto the GPU and we look forward to working with NVIDIA to expand it to the encoding, as well. Adding GPU support into the filter processing was the best way to see a dramatic result in a relatively short time." (Comment by Tak EBINE, CEO)

"NVIDIA CUDA technology has already made a substantial difference in the performance of TMPGEnc, a very popular creative video editing tool for consumers, yet we are just scratching the surface of the visual computing capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs. As Pegasys continues to offload more and more of the functionality to the GPU, we will see dramatic results that will be a boon for both video enthusiasts and casual home movie users looking for simple and fast ways to edit, share, and enjoy their video," said Michael Steele, general manager of visual consumer solutions, NVIDIA.



Test results show impressive performance gains

In the beta version, application performance has been increased by up to 446% with CUDA technology, compared to the Intel Core2Quad Q9450, a top -of -the -line CPU. This demonstrates that CUDA technology will have a major impact on encoding speed, which requires a lot of filter processing.

System Specification
CPU C2Q Q9450 (2.66 GHz)
Memory 2 Gbyte
Graphic GeForce GTX 260
OS Windows XP SP2
TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress Ver. 4.6.0.257

Test Contents
Encoding HDV file to MPEG2 for DVD -video format for 3 minutes
Test1 De -interlacing + resizing    
Test2 Test1+ 2D & 3D noise reduction  
Test3 Test 2 + sharpening edges    
Test4 Test 3 + smartsharp    
Test5 Test 4 + color correction    

Result (Frame Rate)
Test CUDA Execution (Beta) CPU -only CUDA acceleration
Test1 2,803 5,253 53.36 %
Test2 1,377 1,667 82.60 %
Test3 1,217 576 211.28 %
Test4 993 224 443.30 %
Test5 928 208 446.15 %



Release of products with CUDA technology
The beta version of TMPGEnc using CUDA technology is available from Pegasys upon request. Release dates for final versions of TMPGEnc using CUDA technology, starting with TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, have not been announced.

For more information about TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, please visit http://tmpgenc.pegasys -inc.com/ja/product/te4xp.html (Japanese) or http://tmpgenc.pegasys -inc.com/en/product/te4xp.html (English)

For information about CUDA please visit http://www.nvidia.co.jp/object/cuda_what_is_jp.html (Japanese) or http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html (English)


About NVIDIA
NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high -performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce graphics products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® graphics products, and the high -performance computing market with its Tesla™ computing solutions products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. NVIDIA's inaugural NVISION 08 conference will be held August 25 -27, 2008 in San Jose, California. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com and www.nvision2008.com.

About TMPG, Inc.
TMPG, Inc. makes digital video easy. Headquartered in Gardena, California, the company was established early in 2003, built on a solid foundation of technology developed by its parent company, PEGASYS, Inc. The company's two flagship products, the TMPGEnc video encoder series and the new TMPGEnc DVD Author, anchor a strong line of retail and OEM digital video editing and encoding products for home and professional users.

The recognized leaders in developing quality video encoding tools for MPEG applications, TMPG Inc.'s encoding technology is also incorporated into numerous commercial and professional video editing and DVD -creation software products. Applications developed by its parent, PEGASYS, have been bundled with quality products from top worldwide manufacturers, including Sony Japan and Pioneer Australia. For information about TMPG, Inc. and its products, visit the company's website at www.tmpg -inc.com.


For inquiries about this release, please contact:
Pegasys Inc.
Saito, Publicity
saito@pegasys -inc.com

5F Grace Building Ryogoku
3 -21 -1 Ryogoku
Sumida -ku
Tokyo 130 -0026
Phone: 03 -5624 -1901

TMPG Enc. Contact:
Agency: Carol Warren
Antarra Communications
(714) 891 -3660
cwarren@antarra.com

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