What effects are applied to the sequence?
Are you queueing the export to AME or encoding "in-process" by selecting "Export" in the Export Settings dialog? If you're queueing to AME, are you then continuing to work in Premiere while the job is encoding?
The only effects I am applying, if these are applicable, are a few titles (15-20) and a few stills that are visible over the video.
I am exporting by, when the project is completed, clicking File --> Export --> Media. I am doing literally nothing else while the project is being exported -- I quit out of every other program and let it go.
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Okay, a few more questions:
- In the Export Settings dialog, is Use Maximum Render Quality enabled?
- what are the sequence settings? More specifically, are these particulars the same as your export settings:
- Width: 1,920
- Height: 1,080
- Frame Rate: 29.976
- Field Order: Progressive
- are you encoding through AME? File>Export>Media opens the Export Setting dialog. You have two options of how to proceed from there: Queue sends the job to AME; Export encodes directly through Premiere Pro (we call that "in-process encoding"). Which of these paths are you using? Regardless, please try the other one and let us know whether the time to encode is any different.
- Similarly, if GPU acceleration is enabled for Mercury Playback, please switch it to Software Only. In CS6, that option is under Project>Project Settings>General; in CC, Project Settings>General is now under the File men
Oh, I forgot to add one thing: Titles aren't effects. They're assets, specifically "synthetic" assets because they're created within PPRO rather than existing as files on disc. I was thinking of things like scaling (aka, resizing), especially given that you weren't sure of the resolution of your source video and you mentioned still images. If your sequence has lots and lots of high resolution digital photos that are being scaled down to 1920x1080, that would explain at least part of the encode time.
I am not encoding through AME; I'll give it a shot.
I will need to double check my settings; I shoot with Quicktime but whenever I import clips, Premiere askes me to change my sequence to match the clip and I usually do. This may be an issue, unfortunately I do not know the settings that Quicktime shoots in because instead of offering helpful numbers, it just shoots in "Normal," "High" and "Maximum" quality.