A lot of professionals rely on AutoCAD or other CAD-based tools for broadcast facility design. Visio is typically used for making concept and workflow drawings, sometimes also for network and rack diagrams. But can we use less expensive tool for more design tasks? Despite scepticism I think that Visio has good chances. It’s very flexible software, it can be used as a replacement of other CAD systems in some cases (not all, of course), but require some kind of tweaking.
It makes almost twice more compact files than Intel QuickSync and almost 3 times smaller files than MainConcept CUDA-accelerated codec still with the same quality. So faster encoding doesn’t mean better quality. Also note that ‘open-source’ doesn’t mean free for commercial use.
FYI x264 codec is used by YouTube, Hulu, Sorenson, Telestream and other online encoding services. It’s free for personal use, there also a lot of optional GUI applications for x264 encoding with some optional functions, e.g. MeGUI or Avanti.
UPDATE: The report is updated and now includes results for GPU accelerated codecs:
“So best of hardware encoders Intel QuickSync and best of software encoders x264 are comparable by speed/quality at very high speed encoding.”
… a set of simple tools. Episodically, when there is too much mess around, I read something about GTD, productivity etc. Recently I found this article by Paul Klipp: “Personal Productivity”. It’s not a new article, spiced up with marketing stuff, but anyway has really some useful things inside. I decided to adapt these advices for myself. So, what are main ingredients of energy drink?
Ingredient #1: Mind map of all the ideas/things to do, with several branches like: Work, Home etc. I see no point using online tools for making mind maps cause I’ve got Microsoft Visio: it has specific template for brainstorming, so I just tweaked it. My mind map looks like that: