When we spoke in October, Elemental Technologies CEO Sam Blackman revealed that a Badaboom update with support for new video formats would come out before long. Well, Nvidia has dropped us a line to say Badaboom 1.1 is due in "mid-December," and it's written up a list of the improvements users can look forward to:
Support for additional input file formats and containers: DivX, Xvid, MpegPEG-1, VC-1, AVI, MKV, among others. The file formats supported by Badaboom 1.0 will still be supported as well. Multi-GPU Support: Effectively doubles the transcode performance of Badaboom by letting the users run two or more Badaboom applications to run on separate video clips simultaneously with multiple NVIDIA GPU working on a separate video clips to get the work done faster. New output profiles: YouTube, Blackberry Bold and Microsoft Zune have been added. User-customizable outputs are available as well. H.264 Main profile output: Provides even higher quality output than version 1.0, especially useful when outputting at resolutions higher than 480p. Baseline profile is still supported. 1920x1080 (1080p) output: The largest standard ATSC video resolution now available is an output option, which provides great video quality when combined with Main profile.
For those not in the know, Badaboom uses the computing resources of GeForce 8 or better graphics processors to transcode video. The current version supports MPEG2, AVCHD, H.264, HDV, and RAW formats and can output video for use on mobile devices and consoles.
AMD plans to release a similar piece of software—the Avivo video converter—together with its Catalyst 8.12 driver release later this week. Unlike Badaboom, the Avivo converter will be free, and AMD hasn't mentioned support for DivX and XviD video.