encoding takes forever on toast

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cwesty, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. cwesty macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005
    Why does the encoding process take sooo long to do 6 avi files?
    The files are about 4gb in total and seems to take so long.I'm new to this, so was wondering if anyone's used another, perhaps quicker program,?
  2. robx2 macrumors member

    May 27, 2005
    Encoding video files takes forever regardless of the program. I use Compressor for everything, but it still can take all night if I'm trying to put out a 2-hour project. Why not have a beer or go out for coffee? Lengthy encodings can be your friend.
  3. cwesty thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005

    Cheers for that,
    Wasn't sure if it was the program, my RAM or something else.
    Glad to hear it's not just me then, though I really wish there was a faster option...

    Thanks for getting in touch
  4. Eastend macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2004
    Nara, Japan
    I do not know about encoding avi files in Toast, but Toast 6 took forever to encode, do not know about Toast 7. Another poster said for a 2 hour movie took him forever. Encoding in iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final cut Pro is about real time speed for me on a dual 2.5 G5 with 4 GB of memory. Encoding takes memory, I find that is more important than almost anything.
    So what I mean is, a 2 hour movie for me takes about 2 hours to encode. So I do think that encoding depends on how much memory and speed a persons computer has.

  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    What is your computers specs? What version of toast?

    The more CPU speed you got, the faster it can go. And RAM doesnt hurt either.

    Ill say it again, video encoding is one of the more CPU intensive things you can have a computer do. Minimum 24 frames per second, and each has to be encoded. Is it going from PAL to NTSC, more time. Avi to MPEG2, more time.

    Basically, know what you are trying to get out of encoding, and understand the amount of processing involved.

    A 5min avi will take no time to encode into MPEG2 for a dvd, but the same avi will take much longer if you are encoding it from HD (larger frame footage), different frame rates etc etc.

    Give it time, or buy the best computer you can.
  6. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    Can someone explain to me then how come the avi movie files I have dont burn to dvd's so that they will play in a dvd player? I just drag the avi file to the video and click dvd in toast and then burn.
  7. jtt macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2005

    Make sure the DVD-Video button is checked and it will encode and burn a Video_TS DVD

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