ProShow Gold allows the user to combine photos, videos and music to
create spectacular slide shows. The software provides the capability to
share memories with friends and family on DVD, PC and the Web. ProShow
Gold brings still photos to life by adding motion effects like pan,
zoom, and rotate. The user can also add captions to a photo or video
and choose from over 280 transition effects.
The workload we are using takes 29 high resolution jpeg photos and
converts them to an mpeg2, widescreen DVD quality, 3min 9sec slideshow
video file. The input photos are in 3872×2592 resolution and total
about 170MB in size.
ProShow Gold 3.2 lets you share your slide shows in virtually any
format and on any device. You can upload your shows directly to YouTube
or choose from over 20 devices to directly output to including the
iPod, Blackberry, ZuneTM and more. Not bad for software that runs under
$70 and is optimized for eight-cores! Our benchmark testing wasn’t at
100% load the entire time, but averaged around 95% during the testing
Benchmark Results: Photodex Proshow Gold 3.2 software showed that the AMD Phenom II X4 905e completed the benchmark 41 seconds faster than the Phenom II X3 705e. Since only the L2 cache size and number of cores is the only thing that differs between these two processors, this just goes to show how much an extra core helps in threaded applications that can take advantage of four cores.