The Task: So I have 30 or so very simple timelines to export out of Premiere. I am putting them all into a queue in Media Encoder, selecting my saved settings and walking away.
The Problem: Media Encoder does one or two just fine, then hangs up. The "Elapsed" counter is still happily ticking along (for hours) while the "Remaining" counter keeps upping the estimate ad infinitum. But the Output Preview is stuck on a frame.
More Info: What I mean by "simple timelines": These are standard NTSC clips, with no editing. Not even HD. I'm basically just trimming the ends off Quicktime movies and trying to encode them to H.264. Each clip is between 5 and 15 minutes. This should not be taxing.
Specs: I'm running Media Encoder 188.8.131.52 and Premiere 6.0.0 on an iMac OS 10.6.8 3.6 GHz Core i5 Mem: 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3. The sequences I'm outputting match their footage, and are 720x480, 4:3, D1/DV NTSC (0.9091) Lower Field First 29.97, 48000 Hz. My encode settings are: 720x480, 29.97, Progressive, Quality 90, H.264 Bitrate: Target 5Mpbs, Max 5Mpbs Audio: AAC, 48000, Stereo. All drives are Lacie connected with Firewire800, 100GB+ of space on target drive.
On one more point I want to be clear: When it hangs up and I restart the process, it always handles the sequence it hung up on perfectly fine on it's second try. But it'll hang up on the next thing in the queue (or the one after that) instead. So I'm open to any ideas except the suggestion that my source media is corrupt, because it can clearly handle each individual sequence. Just not more than a few in a row.