I am preparing to edit a four-camera video for a band, and am attempting to use Compressor 3 to convert two of the camera angles over to Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). These will be large files, so I am sending them out to my Lacie 500GB HD as a destination. I am also converting the frame rate of each of the videos to 30fps from 29.97fps, and am using the "Better" motion setting under frame controls.
When I submit the task, I see "--:-- remaining," and in the drop down bar where Compressor displays the output name of each file, I see nothing. Typically it will tell me that those that are queued are "waiting" while the first is "transcoding."
I thought it may be readying itself for a large job so I left it overnight. 11 hours later, nothing.
You may have some process running in Qmaster that's preventing this job from getting started. Usually when I get errors in Compressor, I launch Compressor and under the Compressor menu, choose Reset Background Processing / Reset and cancel jobs. Wait about a minute and then resubmit the job.
Open batch monitor and see if there is a previous job that is "hanging" (likely one that was canceled, but it's stuck). If so, end it and reboot. At least that is what had happened to me and how I fixed it, one time in the past.