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Dave Po
Rendering 1,000 hours of video?
on Jan 25, 2011 at 2:50:47 am

So I have a few questions about streamlining rendering.
I have about 1,000 hours of video (each clip is an hour long, so that's 1000 clips) which need to have a lower third bug placed on them for their full duration.

I am planning on doing the work with FCP/Compressor. I have a 2.8 quadcore with 8GB of ram. SATA drive for the OS and FCP, a SATA drive for the incoming files and a SATA drive for the exported files.

1. Do you have any amazing work flow ideas for me?

2. Is it true that FCP only utilized 4GB of ram? What about compressor? Is it worth upgrading another 8GB of ram? How much does compressor utilize? Would you suggest automating an "export through quicktime conversion" or doing batches with compressor?

3. I'm considering buying a 2nd computer, or maybe a few computers, to disperse the work. Would you suggest working each computer separate or tethering (farming) them together?

Just looking for someone to help point me in the right direction for such a hefty project.

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