I just did a major upgrade to my Mac Pro, I am now rocking 64 gigs of ram and a 240gb ssd.
I do video game type stuff on youtube, and the video I am trying to export is about 30 mins long.
I have two clips - the video game footage(720p) and my personal footage recorded with a sony handycam (1080p). They way I have it setup is the video game footage is the main footage if you will, and the footage of me is on the top right corner.
I currently have the media on another harddrive a 500gb 7200 sata drive. and my main drive is the SSD. I did research and I read this was the best approach or I thought.
When I export the media into h.264 it is still taking about 25 or so mins to export.. Before I did the upgrade to my computer it was still around 30 mins or so.. So it didn't really speed it up that much.. Kind of disappointing after spending close to a grand on these upgrades.
My question do you guys, is if you have any recommendations on how to speed up the export process up?
I have a Mac Pro 8 core. And When I look at the activity monitor it seems that I am only using about 30% of the CPU power.
It's quicker to export in timeline settings and then encode to H264 with something better for that job than FCP. (See Shane's suggestions).
Using Compressor or MpegStreamclip for encoding to H264 may not save much time end to end if you choose high quality settings and include the regular export from FCP, but they can do it in the background freeing up your FCP so that you can carry on working.