So last night I was working on my new Mac Pro, 3 ghz 6 gig ram, and was encoding a quicktime out of FCP. It was a short 4 minute DV sequence going to h.264 quicktime. It was taking quite a bit longer than I expected, about 10 minutes to encode, so I opened up the activity monitor to see what was going on. Upon doing that I saw that the CPU usage was only hovering around 50% Any observations as to why that is? I am curious to know why FCP, being a universal app, does not take full advantage of having 4 cores.
UPDATE: Exported some more last night, this time I saved the files to my 1TB internal RAID, not the 250gb boot drive, and the encode seemed to go a bit faster, but still does not account for the 50% or so of unused processor power...any comments would be appreciated.