export final cut express takes damn long time

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by roslee7, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. roslee7 macrumors regular

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    i try to edit some videos from my canon ixus 100 hi definition video into final cut express ver 4 and the setting for export that i chosed was - using quicktime conversion>H.264>Best quality>1280x720p. It takes so long to export the video and sometimes i get frustrated and i switch to imovie and it does not take that long compare to final cut express. can anyone help me ? btw, the original video that i import from my canon ixus 100 camera was in hi defintion quality.
     
  2. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    FCE4 is not the fastest

    Final Cut Express 4 is not the fastest piece of software around. And it does not scale with more than 2 processor cores. On my quad-core Mac Pro it uses at most 200% CPU. I would be curious to know what what system you have and what /Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor shows as the CPU % for iMovie when you're exporting. If it's using more than 2 cores, I might switch.
     
  3. roslee7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for your help. i am using macbook air first generation. is it normal to export 1 min for more than 20 mins?
     
  4. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    No... that's not normal, but there are alot of factors that can trip this up.

    How many filters did you use in FCE?
    Did you already have everything pre-rendered in the timeline?
    What were your H.264 export settings?
    Was your notebook plugged into the AC adapter at the time?
     

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