I downloaded crowd run, ducks take off, in to tree, old town cross and park joy, the 2160p50 version of each loaded them into Shotcut on Manjaro with all the updates, added them to the timeline and exported them as a single file.
I encoded these 5 files into a single 2160p50 @ 25 mb/s using x264 2 pass slow preset and nvenc avc slow preset.
Attached are the encoded clips, the x264 clip took 9min 48secs to encode, and the nvenc took 3min 35sec to encode.
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sophisticles is obsessed with show the "inferiority" of x264.
Not to mention the NVENC video has the wrong levels and crushed brights and darks.
I cheated, I've been playing around with various filters to see what combination of filters coupled with nvenc would result in a visually more pleasant encode than x264+slow.
For the nvenc file, I used the levels filter and set the input to 16-235 and the output to 0-255, to my eyes the effect is superior to a straight encode.
My experience has been that the encoder used is the least important part of a high quality encode, it starts with the quality of the source, how crisp, and clear it is and then the filters used, how it's graded, etc and finally the encoder.
I have always said that the right combination of filters + a fast gpu encoder will beat any straight encode done with any software based encoder.
I feel I have provided sufficient evidence of that.
I think the handwriting is on the wall.
Of course x264 is now, or soon will be, outdated if you don't need h.264/AVC encoding. The contention was always that x264 was the best h.264 encoder. Not that no newer generation encoders would ever surpass it.
And I still contend that x264 was the most over-hyped, over-rated avc encoder ever. Apple's H264 was considered the worst encoder available and yet some of the nicest encodes I have ever seen used the Apple encoder.
As I have said countless times, the encoder used was the least important part of the equation, not the most.
What are you trying to prove? NVENC and hardware-based encoding in general is just faster. It does not produce higher quality. NVENC is great for me for producing H265-encoded video because x265 is so ungodly slow.