Handbrake Video Encoding
Let’s move beyond the synthetic benchmarks and take a look at some real-world scenarios. First up is video encoding with Handbrake, the popular free encoding software. Our test measures encoding performance in average frames per second (rounded to the nearest whole value) to convert the movie trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy to the Apple TV 3 Handbrake preset. In the results, a taller bar equals faster performance.
Despite the sometimes great disparities in performance measured in the previous tests, something like x264 video encoding really levels the playing field. Parallels 10 wins with an average encoding speed of 13 frames per second, compared to 12 frames per second for Fusion 7 and VirtualBox. Readers should note, however, that a task like video encoding should still be done in the host operating system, as demonstrated by native OS X Handbrake performance, limited to 2 threads, of 22 frames per second. Take the thread limit off and throw the Mac Pro’s 6 cores and 12 threads at the task and you’ll hit over 80 frames per second.