I am working off an '08 iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of RAM in FCP 7.0.3.
I am editing and exporting a 30 minute show in XDCAM HD422 1080i60 (50 Mb/s).
I'm exporting with XDCAM HD422 1080i60 (50 Mb/s) setting.
Currently I am sending the show straight from FCP to Compressor adding the compression setting and submitting the export. It's taking roughly 3 hours per show to export and Activity monitor is showing less than 50% of my processors are being used.
I read other threads that recommended exporting a QT reference file from FCP and taking that into Compressor and using a virtual cluster. But a reference files take as long to export out of FCP as a self contained movie due to the Long GOP format of XDCAM (or so I read).
I am just trying to speed up the exporting process as much as possible. So please help, I am open to any and all suggestions that will decrease my export time.