Experimenting With Badaboom

When we first took at a look at the GeForce GTX 280 upon its initial introduction back in June, we also spent some time with an early beta build of a program called Badaboom, from Elemental Technologies. If you're unfamiliar with Badaboom, it's a user friendly media converter that leverages NVIDIA's CUDA technology to accelerate the conversion of digital video using a CUDA capable GPU. Badaboom takes advantage of ETI’s GPU-powered RapiHD Video Platform to offload many video encoding duties from the CPU, onto the GPU, to accelerate the process of converting video from a variety of formats to H.264 for portable media devices, like an iPod, Zune, or iPhone.

This past week Badaboom completed the beta phase and was officially released for public consumption, so we grabbed a copy of the final program to get a better feel for it now that it's done.

The first thing to understand about Bababoom is that it is not meant to be the end-all, be-all of video transcoding. It is a relatively small, streamlined application designed for casual PC users who want a fast video transcoder, that is not overly complex. If you've got a collection of video that you'd like to easily convert for use on your iPod, and you've got a CUDA compatible GeForce, Badaboom may fit the bill. On that level, Badaboom certainly succeeds. The final release of the program is a small <8MB download. And the program installs literally in seconds. Once launched, user's are greeted by a simple interface. On the left, you choose the input source, and on the right the output device. In the middle there is a simple slider to determine the output quality.


The Badaboom Interface

There are basic and advanced views in the program should you want a bit more control over the transcoding process. In basic view it has the simple slider to choose between "Smallest File" or "Highest Quality", that I've already mentioned. But advanced mode gives users the ability to alter settings like the output directory, and more advanced video encoder, picture quality, and audio settings.

To experiment with Badaboom, I converted a handful of videos from my collection to various output devices and had no trouble at all, provided I was using a supported file type (a list of supported video and audio formats is available here). Performance of the program on a 9800GX2 was very good, as I was able to convert most videos at over 100 fps. The HDNet video clip in the screenshot for example took only 1:27 to transcode at 103 fps. For reference, an 8-core Skulltrail rig could only muster about 70 FPS using Nero Recode and the process took twice as long. In addition, Nero isn't nearly as easy to use.

If you've got the need for a video transcoder like Badaboom, and you've got a CUDA-capable GeForce graphics card, you may want to hit the Badaboom website and check out the free trial. This is a handy little program that could save you a boatload of time transcoding videos.


Posted Sun, Oct 26 2008 11:03 PM by Marco C

Comments

bob_on_the_cob wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Mon, Oct 27 2008 1:03 AM

Bodaboom is very cool. I used it some to convert video for my Creative Zen. It is very fast even on my old 8800gts 320. The one thing I miss about my new rig is playing with the Cuda stuff. It's a good time to be a Nvida owner. I still get to play with my girlfriends rig though so I can't complain.

amdcrankitup wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Mon, Oct 27 2008 10:24 AM

I love new software but I dont have the Video power yet to run this hopefully at christmas I might get lucky! Be interested to try it out!

3vi1 wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Mon, Oct 27 2008 3:27 PM

Looks pretty neat.  I wish more Linux apps were cuda-capable.

ice_73 wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Mon, Oct 27 2008 8:49 PM

when will ati get some love?

Marco C wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Wed, Oct 29 2008 4:23 PM

When they start working with developers like NVIDIA has...

ice_73 wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Sat, Nov 1 2008 10:47 PM

:-( i take it you prefer nvidia marco?

Marco C wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Sun, Nov 2 2008 11:31 AM

Not at all.  But I can't test what's not available.  If ATI's not going to push GPU computing as hard as NVIDIA in the consumer space, they're not going to get as much coverage..it's that simple.

ice_73 wrote re: Experimenting With Badaboom
on Sun, Nov 9 2008 4:33 PM

true, true.... but one of the worlds fastest number crunching computers relied on the ati 4870x2 (remember that? ) i think at the time amd has its hands full competing with intel to really start a program like this...

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