help! FCP/E Appletv export times exorbitant!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Megadooomer, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Megadooomer macrumors newbie


    Sep 3, 2009
    NJ (dreams of NYC)
    Hi everyone,

    Am I doing something wrong if it takes a 60 min video 35-60 minutes to export using the export>quicktime conversion>"Apple TV" setting on a MBP 13" (10.6, 4GB, 2.4) ?

    The media resides on a 2TB FW800 external, and I have tried exporting using both FCP (7) and Express (latest), with similar times for each. The movie is a straight (~60min/4GB) .mov recording, and there are no titles/etc, just fade-in/out and the standard (FCP) audio compressor plugin. I also chose the "modify sequence settings to fit clip" popup when given the choice.

  2. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
  3. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Yeah, that time seems very reasonable.

    30-60 minutes is nothing in the world of compression/rendering.
  4. matteusclement macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    sounds right

    yeah, MBP isn't a speed demon.
    check out activity monitor in utilitiies. Look at your CPU usage. If it's taxed (100%) then you're as fast as you're going to go.
    If not, then your hard drives are the bottle neck.
  5. Megadooomer thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 3, 2009
    NJ (dreams of NYC)
    Hm ok thanks for your feedback. Looks like its using quite a bit of CPU (~100%) so I suppose that's the bottleneck. Never worked with videos of this length, guess I will have to learn patience!
  6. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    35 - 60 minutes to export a 60 minute video? Luxury, sheer luxury.

    Think of it this way: compression is the last thing you do, your Mac will be around 100% CPU utilisation so you can't do much else on it anyway, so it's a perfect opportunity to go outside and ward off venous thromboembolisms and hypovitaminosis D:D

    You want faster and no CPU utilisation? Try a turbo.264 HD from El Gato. Never used one but it looks pretty good.
  7. mattjk macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    I can recommend that. My workflow from FCE is to do a standard, full res, no tweaking export which produces really really large files (++Gbs) but in a matter of seconds/minutes. Then using the Elgato stick I convert it to the format needed. My Elgato will convert at somewhere between 100-120fps so again it's done in a matter of minutes.

    There's a little criticism elsewhere that the Elgato produces a flat, less vibrant colour but it's a good trade off and to be honest it's difficult to spot unless you have the two up against each other.

    The Elgato's also useful for many other things as well.

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