CyberLink speeds up photo, video apps with GPUs

A year on from the release of Elemental's Badaboom, GPU-compute acceleration for consumer video apps seems to have creeped into the mainstream. Earlier today, CyberLink and Nvidia announced "unique new features and significantly improved performance" now available in CyberLink's suite of photo- and video-editing applications.

The acceleration features span the following apps:

  • MediaShow 5, a photo and video management application that uses graphics processors to accelerate face detection and video conversion. Facial recognition gets a speed boost of up to 70% from a GPU, while video encoding can speed up by as much as 500%. CyberLink stresses that the face tagging acceleration "is only available to owners of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs." (The video conversion part runs on AMD graphics cards.)
  • MediaShow Espresso, which lets uses transcode video into handheld video formats. This app "has been further accelerated with today's update to as much as 500% faster than an average CPU," CyberLink says. Here, too, both AMD and Nvidia GPUs are supported.
  • PowerDirector 8, a consumer video-editing app with high-definition video support. The software supports both GPU-accelerated special effects and GPU-accelerated video encoding. Video transcoding also works on AMD hardware.

Also, you'll find GPU-acceleration features in CyberLink's PowerProducer 5 authoring software and the PowerDVD 9 video player, which uses graphics hardware to speed up DVD upscaling.

We swung by CyberLink's software update page, but the firm offers no new GPU-related updates for any of the aforementioned apps just yet. As far as we can tell, though, these apps already supported some level of GPU acceleration when they came out.

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