How to get back to initial setup question (QuickSync or software render)


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Hello, I recently reinstalled v5 (wanted to test compatibility with old TiVo files before considering upgraded to v6). Upon first launch, the initial setup asked me Quickstream (faster) vs. Software (better quality but slower). I chose Software, but wanted to compare. I can't figure out how to get back to that question. I'm assuming it's somewhere in the Preferences menu, but can't find a similarly worded option. How do I get back to this choice?

And what is the difference in quality between Quicksync and software render? I can't find that information.

While I'm at it, a v6 pre-sales question. How much of a speed difference is there with new Nvidia rendering? I have a brand new Lenovo Legion laptop with Intel Core i7-9750H @ 2.6GHz and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.


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In Tools->Options->Stream Parameters there is a check box called "Use QuickSync as default encoder. Checking that is the same as the install question.

NVida NVEnc is 2-3x as fast as QuickSync in my testing. It's insanely fast actually. I haven't done a ton of testing to verify the quality but based on what I have done it looks fine to me. If speed is your top priority it's worth testing out.


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Great. Thanks for the helpful reply, Dan. If you get any more data / do any more quality testing with Nvidia NVEnc, please share with us.

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