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Odil Ruzaliev
Why does encoding take so long in Compressor?
on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:27:49 pm

I've edited a wedding video shot with HMC 150, converted to ProRes prior to the edit. The duration of the timeline is 2,5 hours. I then sent the timeline content to Compressor and chose DVD Best Quality 120 minutes. It's been over 10 hours now and the Compressor is still not done. It is stuck showing me there's 30 hours to finish the job.

What have I done wrong? Why is it doing this? What is my solution? Thanks a lot!


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Chris Borjis
Re: Why does encoding take so long in Compressor?
on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:47:23 pm

Export a single self contained quicktime then process that
through compressor. send to compressor from the timeline greatly extends how long it takes.

Also Sounds like you don't have virtual clustering enabled.
That will make dvd encoding faster than realtime.
do a google search and get that up pronto!

Also, make sure the resize quality is set to highest,
but motion compensation set to best (setting that to highest will take forever and not yield much better results)



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Odil Ruzaliev
Re: Why does encoding take so long in Compressor?
on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:56:41 pm

Thank you, Chris! Will try it! I also heard that with HD videos, it is best if you first export the video in ProRes and then send that file to Compressor. Does that make any difference?


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Michael Gissing
Re: Why does encoding take so long in Compressor?
on Nov 24, 2011 at 12:29:43 am

Export with current settings. You already are using ProRes and the export will not require any transcoding and will be very quick.


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Odil Ruzaliev
Re: Why does encoding take so long in Compressor?
on Nov 24, 2011 at 12:50:13 am

Thank you, Mike!


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