Image Quality

Here’s where Elemental gets off easy. Since Badaboom is best used as an application for getting DVDs onto your iPhone or other low res format, image quality isn’t as big of a deal as it would be if you were viewing these things on a TV.

Compared to the x264 codec, Badaboom’s output seems just fine:

Elemental's Badaboom 1.0


Again, Badaboom avoids the more difficult image quality comparisons by not being useful for high quality conversions.

AMD shows up to this gun fight with a knife, as Avivo’s image quality isn’t acceptable. While the Avivo video converter is free, it’s not useful.


Once again, I looked at the performance of Badaboom vs. transcoding on a CPU using Handbrake 0.93 (which uses the x264 codec). This time around we have Intel’s Core i7 965, running at 3.2GHz. The comparison stacks up pretty much as it did before:

Empire Strikes Back (1GB Chunk)

The issue is that the Core i7 isn’t running with all 8 threads maxed, instead Handbrake appears to be only utilizing 30 - 40% of the available execution resources, which amounts to less than all four physical cores.

I suspect with better CPU utilization we could have a scenario where the Core i7 was able to perhaps match the performance of the GeForce GTX 280. The only problem then becomes the cost difference.

The Avivo Video Converter does complete our conversion task in around half the time of the GeForce GTX 280 running Badaboom, however the output file is unusable so the performance advantage is meaningless in our opinion. If AMD could fix things however...

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  • LtGoonRush - Monday, December 15, 2008 - link

    I noticed that the x264 example image is suffering from artifacts due to nearest-neighbor resizing, it looks like it was encoded at a substantially lower resolution, or at the very least not resampled correctly for playback. You might want to verify that the settings used were correct, as it should look substantially better than the BadaBoom results. Reply
  • Griswold - Monday, December 15, 2008 - link

    I was thinking the same. That just doesnt look right. Reply
  • gpuguy - Monday, December 15, 2008 - link

    Doom9 forum posts analyzed the quality for Baseline H.264 and decided with the same x264 settings to emulate Badaboom quality was a push. Really curious to see what they say about main profile. Reply
  • niuniu2012 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    You can use"> to select target subtitle and audio track according at your will. DVD to MP3 Converter also provides you with fruitful options to set audio properties of audio bitrate, Sample Rate and so on. Reply
  • gwolfman - Monday, December 15, 2008 - link

    What if you transcode your video using badaboom and then mux in the original audio source, how much file size savings are we looking at? Reply
  • fitten - Monday, December 15, 2008 - link

    Elemental's Badaboom 1.0: The Redemption, I get a broken image link to the performance graph. Reply

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