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Shaun Knapp
Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 23, 2010 at 2:08:32 pm

Surely, it is not normal to have compressor render a file out taking nearly 18 hours, is it?

It is HD, but talk about a long processing time for a 14 minute output.

Using quicktime conversion or exporting to quicktime surely takes a fraction of the time. This is boggling my mind. I'll have to find another workflow and output setting, this is unreal---though the footage is stellar and crisp, that I must concede.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 23, 2010 at 5:04:33 pm

Fully render the seq.

Export a self contained QT.

Use that file in Compressor.

If you're encoding h.264 and want much shorter encodes, get yourself a Matrox HDCompress card.

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Shaun Knapp
Re: Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 23, 2010 at 7:31:41 pm

Thanks so much David. I almost thought the program had frozen up with such a long time to encode, as if I were running Windows again.

I'll have to look into that Matrox HDCompress card.

In terms of workflow, Do you delete that self contained movie after you put it through an encode to get your final file?

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David Roth Weiss
Re: Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 23, 2010 at 7:54:37 pm

No, I keep it archived as the master in perpetuity.

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Rafael Amador
Re: Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 23, 2010 at 8:30:44 pm

Fallow David advice and work with self-contained files.
A multi-pass encoding for H264 mens three passes (3) that means three rendering/compression processes if you are "Sending to Compressor" or using QT Conversion.

[Shaun Knapp] "Thanks so much David. I almost thought the program had frozen up with such a long time to encode, as if I were running Windows again."
Hi Shaun,
In those cases, open the "Activity monitor" . CPU use and Disk Activity (read/write) will tell you if th application is running or no.
rafael

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Shaun Knapp
Exporting Lower Third to Final Cut, Alpha Channel and Mask
on Oct 24, 2010 at 4:58:11 am

Thanks you guys.

And the beauty of exporting them out as self contained movies before taking them into Compressor would be to have Compressor run in the background independent of FCP as well, right? FCP has been tied up with this export for the last day. I now know better how to do this, and a card may very well be worth having with render times like this one. It's now been over a full day and it claims 5.5 hours yet to go. Simply astounding. I'm glad to know a better way from here on out.



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Shaun Knapp
Re: Compressor Taking 17 Hours? What is wrong?
on Oct 24, 2010 at 4:58:34 am

Thanks you guys.

And the beauty of exporting them out as self contained movies before taking them into Compressor would be to have Compressor run in the background independent of FCP as well, right? FCP has been tied up with this export for the last day. I now know better how to do this, and a card may very well be worth having with render times like this one. It's now been over a full day and it claims 5.5 hours yet to go. Simply astounding. I'm glad to know a better way from here on out.


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