Beachball and freezing while encoding?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Risco, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Is this normal for Safari to freeze up, causing a beach ball and apps launch slowly while encoding or just remuxing a video using flicks / handbrake / mp4tools?

    The reason I ask is I am wondering if I am having a hardware issue or not. I tried resetting pram / nvram etc, clean installing with and without it being plugged in and it still does it. I have booked a genius appointment, but as I am not well versed in Macs unlike a window based computer I feel I will get fobbed off?
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Handbrake will max out your Mac's CPUs while it's encoding. It seems to use as much computing power as you've got. As a result, there's not much for anything else.
    You can use Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder to see what Handbrake is doing (and what everything else has left).

    I don't know if there's a way of limiting Handbrake so that you can have CPU for other tasks.

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