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7Seven [Avatar]
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I have read in several forums that when you want the absolute best video quality you should do the final render with just the CPU and I was wondering if that is true?

I have done a few small test renders and there is a file size difference when you use the Hardware or GPU vs just the CPU for the render. So what do some of you more experienced editors say? Does the CPU only render give you a small but better render quality.
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Quote I have read in several forums that when you want the absolute best video quality you should do the final render with just the CPU and I was wondering if that is true?


Yes that is true but I prefer smart rendering as in svrt to give the perfect video quality. Cpu rendeing is my second choice. The majority of users may see no difference between cpu and gpu rendering. Others use gpu rendering always to save time.

Depending on what is being rendered like hevc then gpu rendering is a must as unless it is a short clip. Let us know what you found in your small test. I am guessing that you do not see the value of quality versus time of cpu rendering to be worth it.

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Quote I have done a few small test renders and there is a file size difference when you use the Hardware or GPU vs just the CPU for the render.
Then an issue someplace, one is specifying the end avg bitrate of the encode via the profile used, the end result should be similar. So, if things are configured the same and you have actual motion video, size will be about the same. If they differ, avg bitrate was not maintained which can lead to a quality issue.
2.489 GB GPU Encoded
2.492 GB CPU Encoded

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