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Matthew LaMond
Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 2:25:11 pm

Using a early 2009 MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and the below specs. I'm using Final Cut Pro 6.0.6 as well. I am editing HD 1920 footage, and the footage specs can be found below hardware.

Anywho, I am getting a 10 minute export time for a 15 second clip I wanted to give someone to preview from my timeline. Their has to be something wrong with that picture. I put my preferred export settings below H264 and MPEG4. I use both, and the mpeg4 is only like 2 minutes faster on export. The whole 2 minute video takes close to 25 minutes to export. Can someone help me determine why this is happening?

Main Hardware:
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,2
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz DDR3
HDDs: 500GB Internal 7200 RPM. 2x 1TB External firewire 800 HDD. (I tried having the whole project on my internal and then my external. didn't help either way)

NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT:
Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0647
Revision ID: 0x00a1
ROM Revision: 3436
gMux Version: 1.7.10
Displays:
Color LCD:
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Built-In: Yes
DELL E2209W:
Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Rotation: Supported

Raw HD 1920x1080 Video source:
Vid Rate - 29.97
Frame Size - 1920x1080
Compressor - Apple ProRes 422
Data Rate - 18.1 MB/sec
Pixel Aspect - Square
Field Dominance - Odd

Export Settings:

H264:
Compression - H.264
Frame Rate-29.97
Key Frames-24
Frame Reordering-YES
Compressor-Best Quality(Multi-pass)
Data Rate-Restrict to 6400kbits/sec
Optimized for-Streaming
Filter - None
Size - 1920x1080 (1888x1062)
Deinterlace - If needed
Sound - AAC 128kbps
Prepare for Internet Streaming - Compressed Header

MPEG4
Compression - MPEG4
Frame Rate-29.97
Key Frames-24
Frame Reordering-NO
Compressor-"Best" on slider scale
Data Rate-Restrict to 6400kbits/sec
Optimized for-NONE
Filter - None
Size - 1920x1080 (1888x1062)
Deinterlace - If needed
Sound - AAC 128kbps
Prepare for Internet Streaming - Compressed Header

My whole timeline is rendered, its only 1 main video track with 10 additional video tracks which hold my virtual set, logos, product images, etc. The extra tracks are rarely being used in this production. 2 Audio tracks hold all audio for the movie. I attached a screenshot of my current timeline/working area so ya'll can see what I see.



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Stephan Walfridsson
Re: Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 2:43:40 pm

I've found that it's faster to export a selfcontained QT and then use Compressor to transcode.
That being said, compressing to a high-quality h264 or mpeg4 is a processor intensive task, and a 1920x1080 framesize means a lot of pixels to process.

Stephan


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Matthew LaMond
Re: Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 2:50:32 pm

You know, I thought about that. I have a G5 as well, and with compressor, I utilized both PC's processors in a node to expedite transcodes. I was worried that the response would just be the fact, my MBP may not be able to handle such HQ files... Let me run a self-contained export and use compressor, I'll let you know how long it takes. Do these settings look optimal?

Setting: Current Settings
Include: Audio & Video
Markers: None
Recompress: Unchecked
Self-Contained: Checked


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Stephan Walfridsson
Re: Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 2:55:44 pm

That's the correct settings.

Stephan


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 3:36:01 pm

That's a nice-looking chroma key, incidentally. Who would have thought FCP capable of such a thing.

Totally off-topic, I had absolutely no idea the Ed Grimley look was actually in vogue.
http://idothings.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/ed-grimley_3.jpg

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Matthew LaMond
Re: Unreasonable Render/Export times on MBP?
on May 31, 2011 at 3:47:42 pm

ROFL at the Ed picture. And thanks, FCP has to do the job for my CK as I don't have any other software for green screening. Just the FCP Suite.


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