Its faster because its only rendering a preview file for the timeline playback. I dont believe it assists the export speed. (I am sure someone will correct me on this if I am wrong)
Go straight to export.
In fact ..I would Delete the Render files first on the problem Sequence..
I'm talking total time to export - so I tested straight exporting/encoding vs. rendering then exporting/encoding ------- the total time for each comparison = rendering first comes out the winner...
I don't care to argue that point - that's just the way it is...
I need to recover the preview files....is there a way to do that?
(By the way, your test was likely flawed in some way. You should just go ahead and do the export.)
guys, I don't know why you think I'm wrong with the testing - in terms or rendering vs. straight exporting...
but total time - it is faster...I don't care to argue that point - the point now is...
when I export - it's taking much longer than if I still had my rendered files - which I do in the preview files folder....but they're not connected with the project - b/c the green render line isn't there in the timeline any longer.
Now the encoding is taking double the time, if not more....than when I had the render/green line still present in the project.
so if anyone has any suggestions as to how to recover the preview files, then let me know. I understand if not possible but any other input would be great...otherwise all that render time was wasted and now it's going to take much longer than the time I have...
Sorry...I know of no way to "recover the render files" and reset them against what may have become corrupt files.
I took my best shot at solving your issue and made 2 suggestions that I would have done.
Hopefully by now..you have it sorted out your way.
Some expert may advise for all our benefits if the Playback render files have any influence on Export (Encodes). Logic and experience says no (MHO)
As with most things in life, there are several ways to do your work:
- You can do it fast and sloppy with low quality.
- You can do it slowly, meticulously and with perfect quality.
- You learn to become an expert in the field and then do the work faster than the average person but with the same or better quality.
Approach 1 is what you describe, you render the timeline and use previews on export. This is the sloppy, low quality way.
Approach 2 is not using previews on export, using MRQ maximum render quality and export to the format you need.
Approach 3 is using a computer that is better equipped and faster than what you have and then using approach 2.
As Graig told you, there is no way to recover lost render files.
Is it not common knowledge that rendered files encode faster than non-rendered?
Harm - quality isn't low big guy...I use maximum quality when encoding and it still encodes faster than if I went straight to export vs. rendering first.
I don't know of a way to relink the rendered preview files to your project, but if you need the actual rendered frames, look inside the preview files folder that's inside of the folder where you saved your project. For example,
D:\Projects & Renders\General\Projects\Pr\Adobe Premiere Pro Preview Files\CS5 General.PRV
Inside the .PRV folder will be all of the rendered video clips for that project. They'll have cryptic names, but you may be able to find the one you need.
I'm suspecting that the common knowledge you are refering to applies to FCP.
It may not (and I'm getting the strong feeling that it doesn't) work the same for Pr.
There seems to be a clear destinction in Pr between preview render files and output render files.
Jeff is right, there is a way to recover your files, and it might not be pretty (or fast). Look in your Project's Preview Files folder. In it are likely dozens or hundreds of movie files. If you're on Mac, they're .mov files in the format you chose for Previews in you Sequence Settings.
You can drag them all in to your project, and use them to try to piece together your sequence. Sorting them by modification date (ascending) might put them in the proper order.
@dpaglia: If your preview files are 'lost' from your timeline, then that makes me think that you moved the project and media to a new loacle and/or folder structure so that it does not know where to look for them. If that is the case and if you have not re-saved the project since moving it, then you should be able to close it (without saving it!) and put evrything back to how it was, then re-open and hopefully, maybe, the preview files would be there again.
Otherwise, if time is really at a premium for you, then by all means skip the render preview and go straight to export right now. Using previews at export will save you time, but only if you have the previews there already, which you don't. Also, there would be a significant quality hit because previews are not rendered at the same level that true exported frames are. Press Ctrl/Cmd+M now...