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Freemake speeds up video conversion with DXVA technology

May 23, 2011

Freemake Video Converter 2.2 Beta now supports DirectX Video Acceleration technology (DXVA) that brings a considerable increase (up to 50%) in HD video conversion. Since a video stream is partially or completely decoded on a graphics card, CPU usage is reduced dramatically as well.

DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) is a Microsoft API specification created for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 platforms. The technology allows users to use hardware acceleration for movie decoding.

The technology works in conjunction with the video rendering model used by your video card. Please note that this technology works only with media files that have H.264, MPEG2, and VC-1 codecs. You can check which one you have by checking the file specs or with the help of special freeware like LVC or MediaInfo.

DXVA technology is majorly used by media transcoding tools, DVD rippers, and desktop multimedia players. A list of supported hardware video cards includes ATI Radeon HD, NVIDIA GeForce, and new Intel cards. Since the majority of desktop computes uses these types of cards, there is a high chance that you can benefit from the DXVA acceleration option.

In case your computer has an NVIDIA GeForce chip, you can use both CUDA and DXVA accelerations while transcoding your media files.

To fully benefit from the hardware accelerated real-time conversion, users must have a modern graphics card and a powerful motherboard.

To use the acceleration in Freemake, follow this how-to:

  1. Download the latest utility version from our official page;
  2. Install and run the app on your computer (Windows only);
  3. Add visuals that you need to change;
  4. Go to Files – Options – Acceleration;
  5. Enable all available to your accelerations;
  6. Choose an output option;
  7. Save the file with new settings.

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If some of the Acceleration options are not available, it means your hardware does not support these settings. We recommend updating your hardware if possible.

In case you have issues with the result, try to turn off the Acceleration and change your data without it.

The video converter also features a brand new algorithm for optimal parameters detection: it can switch on/off CUDA and DXVA to provide the fastest video conversion for each particular case.

Please keep in mind that Freemake transcoding utility supports DXVA only for H.264 and MPEG2 decoding. It means that DXVA starts working only when you encode a disc or transform AVI, MKV or MP4 media files with H.264 codec. The best encoding results are achieved when you transform a high-resolution movie to a smaller resolution clip.

In case you want to know more about DXVA or how it works in Freemake apps, please do not hesitate to contact us via email. Our support team will do their best to provide you with the most detailed information. Please keep in mind that we receive a great amount of request every day. Thus it may take us some time to answer your letter and find all the necessary info for you. We kindly ask you to be patient.