While TMPGEnc XPress’ purpose is to convert video formats, ProShow from Photodex helps turn your collection of photos into a fantastic-looking slide show. I can’t call myself a slide show buff, but this tool is unquestionably definitive. It offers many editing abilities and the ability to export in a variety of formats, including a standard video file, DVD video and even HD video.
Like TMPGEnc and many other video encoders, ProShow can take full advantage of a multi-core processor. It doesn’t support SSE4 however, but hopefully will in the future as it would improve encoding times considerably. Still, when a slide show application handles a multi-core processor effectively, it has to make you wonder why there is such a delay in seeing a wider-range of such applications on the marketplace.
Our version of ProShow Gold is a bit aged at this point, but it still has what it takes to stress our processors, and once again Sandy Bridge delivers. The Core i7-2600K surpassed the performance of the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition in the DVD encode test, and lined up with the same result in the HD encode.
This test here stresses the CPU’s ability to handle multi-media instructions and data, using both MMX and SSE2/3/4 as the instruction sets of choice. The results are divided by integer, floating point and double precision, three specific numbering formats used commonly in multi-media work.
Just as we’d expect a synthetic benchmark to do, we’re given rather predictable results here. Interestingly, AMD’s Phenom II X6 1090T out-paces the Core i7-2600K in the integer test, but in the float and double, Intel’s chip soars ahead.