I don't get it, what takes so long if my MBP is not using all its power?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BiikeMike, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. BiikeMike macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    I'm exporting a ~2 hour Timeline from Final Cut Pro using compressor, and I figured it would use basically everything I have.

    I opened Activity monitor, and only ~60% of my processor is idle, and ~1.1 gigs of my 2 gigs of RAM is unused. So what the heck is it doing? Why not use more of the processor or more of the RAM and get the video done quicker?

    Does it have to do with disk write time?
  2. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    I don't use FCP, but in Aftereffects and other programs, there is a setting in there that will limit the maximum memory usage to allow other things to run while rendering. Maybe that's it?? :confused:
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    That's what I am thinking. A couple other applications have those same type of settings, like Google Earth and Photoshop.
  4. isleofjib macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    also, if you haven't already, go to system prefs (under energy settings?) and make sure you're computer is set to best performance setting. if it's set to save energy or the middle option (can't remember what it is off hand), it might hold back to save performance for other processes.
  5. BiikeMike thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    well, After I posted, it started to process something else, and then it jumped up to using 97% of my processor. That made me feel a bit better :)

    But then I got a "insufficient disk space" error message, but I had 19GB still free :confused:

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