I recently was asked to create a DVD Slideshow for a friend of a friend.
The slideshow video ended up being 12 minutes long, which included about 50 photos and 5 edited for time tracks of mp3 audio.
I dynamic linked my entire clip sequence to Encore.
I used a HD Menu template, some changes to it in Photoshop, and a HD Sub Menu. I added 1 MP3 Audio file for each menu. Each Audio track is around 4 minutes.
I decided to output to Blu-Ray. I selected a 1280x720 24 High Quality Encoding setting in Encore.
I clicked to build and watched the progress bar slowly move. It doesn't show a time remaining, it just shows "Building Motion Menus". I thought maybe because this was the first time building, it would take some extra time. I waited a half hour before calling it a night and going to sleep, while leaving it running.
When I woke up the Blu-Ray was done. I tested it and it worked perfectly, but I did notice some stuff I wanted to change.
I made the updates in Premiere and did another build. This time I had to run out of the office so I started it at 3:30 PM and ran out. I returned at 5:30 PM and the Premiere Sequence was about 70% encoded.
I have a good setup and have no issues with speed or stability.
What would make Encore take this long?
I have build DVD's in the past, with encore, and remember building them out pretty quickly.