I have a 90-minute project, with about 20 title generators and maybe 100 or so cross dissolves. Pretty simple - 2 sources of audio (multicam) throughout, video imported with optimized and proxy media. Background rendering was disabled. (for faster editing, but slower export time?) I have a 2008 24" iMac - 3.06GHz, 4GB ram, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS, OS 10.8.4, FCP 10.0.9. Usually my projects are 5-10 minutes - this is my first long project. It's been rendering for 17 hours (720 HD, high quality h.264), and progress is at 10% The activity monitor is showing the CPU at a constant 100%, and obviously all the memory is being used up (no other programs running). Is this expected? Does this mean it's gonna take a week to render? lol! I don't mind waiting, It'd just be nice to know that nothing abnormal is going on. It's possible that there's a couple settings I did or didn't use (not necessarily by design) that are really stacking up the render time, such as the format/resolution I'm rendering to, (scaling?), etc. edit: oh and project files are on an external firewire 800 drive. Lol I probably sound like I'm trying to use a setup from 1992 to do something in 2013. Thanks in advance!