What effects and transitions are applied?
What is the source media?
What are your full computer specs?
Also, have you ensured that all of the photos in your project are sized to no larger than 2000x1500 pixels (72 ppi)? Nothing slows rendering like the program having to down-rez high-def photos.
Assuming you've got a decently powered Mac and you're editing camcorder video and photos optimized to 2000x1500 pixels, rendering shouldn't take much longer than the running time of your movie.
Thank you... I'm going to give that a shot. I just looked at it and it still says 34 hours to go. I will resize my images and hope that works. thank you
I'm not sure of that. I have a mac mini computer. Most of my media sources are photos and stock video clips... Thank you, any help would be much appreciated.
A lot could depend on your source media, Joseph. Especially if you're using a lot of stock media.
Certainly resizing the photos will make a world of difference. But if your video is using non-camcorder codecs and the program has to convert them while it's transcoding, that can take a lot of time too. And, as you feared, there's a good chance your machine will just choke and corrupt the project.
If resizing your photos doesn't speed things up considerably, you may need to crack open several of your stock videos and see what's inside. You can do this by opening the video in the free download Media Info and noting the resolution, frame rate, audio and video codecs and the video writer it displays.
Did you get this video from a stock video site? If so, it may all have the same specs. But if you randomly grabbed video from around the internet or used some sort of downloader software for ripping it from the web, then things get more complicated.