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Let me rephrase, there are no processes using cpu. PP is using 337,000k and 22 other processes using under 10k each. On the performance page shows total mem 2.9gig 1.68gig avail. It's been so long ago that I set this up I can't remember the exact codec, but I know it was nothing exotic, just want to make a simple check DVD the origianl project size was 5.1 gig
Is noise reduction on? This can add significantly to the export times.
A normal two hour AVI, as you said, would use MS DV type 2 codec and be around 26 GB, not 5.1. Use Gspot to find the codec.
I understand that you are trying to gather info on the process of what I did to get to the end result. To me, none of this answers my original question of why does the program not use more of the available resources? I amy be a noob to PP, but I am a 20+ year vet. in post production. A colorist by trade, but also worked with most of the Avid platforms, and autodesk. I live in LA and am to the point of paying anyone with tech knowledge of windows and PP to get this sorted out an don't know where to turn to find such a person.
You could try to answer my first question, which codec is in use?
It still has 2 hours of rendering to go, as soon as it completes, I'll hit it with gspot.
Exactly HOW you are Exporting is very important. To give you an idea, I just Exported a 3 hour edit to DV-AVI (elemental stream - Video only) in a little over an hour, but there were no Effects, except Levels and Highlight & Shadow. This was in CS2, so difference could apply. What you are experiencing is not what I would expect, or call normal. Now, I also started with DV-AVI Assets.
Without the parameters, all that the users can do is say things like my comments above, and guess at what is causing your problems.
OK, here are all the processes that I did.
Started with video shot from a sony camera that captures straight to DVD. I took the vob files and converted to AVI, put that into a timeline there were no effects or transitions other than adding 2 titles over picture. Synced a differnt audio source, 2ch. 48/16 and set to export.
Using the project manager, it tells me that the project size is 5.2 gig.
Through AME, output is set:
no noise reduction
format MPEG2 DVD mainconcept MPEG codec
frame rate 29.97 NDF
field: lower 4x3 720x480
bitrate VBR 2 pass
M frames 3
N frames 15
audio: PCM 48/16
> took the vob files and converted to AVI
Also -- how long is the sequence you're exporting?
gspot states xvid ISO
sequence is 2 hours
> gspot states xvid ISO
Bad choice -- especially where performance is concerned. Try re-converting to DV instead of xvid.
It has been established that I could/ should have done things differently. Now back to my original question, why doesn't PP use more or all of the resources available?
I'm guessing here, but the XVid codec could very well be the culprit, because CS3 has no problem using all resources and all cores with a decent codec, like MS DV type2. Maybe the XVid codec is not sufficiently multi-core aware. That codec was intended for playback and never needed more resources for its intended purpose. Had it been an editing codec things would have been different.
I see, in the converter that I have it shows matrox DV/DVCAM. For grins I did a convert with that codec and used gspot to check it and get a bad header notice. I normally work with highend filesets like HDCAM-SR or D5 this is my first forrey into consumerland. Might you be able to suggest where I can get a decent converter? I have isofter DVDplatinum and magic DVD ripper, pretty basic consumer stuff. Within PP I do have Raylight for the HD stuff. I appriciate your patience, but it seems I have a way to go. I'm kind of learning on the fly, it seems my biggest problem is learning how to use codecs. Is there a resource that I can go to, to learn about this so I can stop bothering you guys.
Procoder from Canopus has a pretty good reputation as a generic converter. Since I always stay clear from anything like XVid or DivX, I do not know whether Procoder would be able to handle those conversions as well, but a quick look with Google would probably turn up many possibilities. As they say STFW.
The free VirtualDub will also convert assets quite nicely.
> The free VirtualDub will also convert assets quite nicely.
Yes it will. You need to grab the MPEG-2 plugin for it, however.
Also -- be sure to check that the field order of your DVD source matches your intended output. Many DVDs are TFF, while DV is BFF.
You can do this in VirtualDub, for example, by adding two filters:
1.) Null transform: Crop 720x480 -> 720x479 (set Y1 offset to 1)
2.) Resize: 720x479->720x480 (using the Letterbox option)
To add one more option, DigitalMedia Converter (Deskshare) has always done a good job with both XviD and DivX. You do need these CODEC's installed on the system, as DMC does not come with its own. It does a very nice job going to DV-AVI and handles the Audio for mux'ed files well.
In taking your advice I am running a test to use Virtualdub against the fileset I already have. I loaded the filter setup that was suggested for resizing. I downloaded the MPEG plugin and put it in the plugins folder. In the compression drop down I selected matrox DV/DVCAM. I selected save as AVI and get an error unable to initialize output codec. It will output uncompressed. I'm guessing this is some form of pilot error.
Matrox codecs are RGB only: In VirtulDub, Goto "Video / Video Color Depth". Set "Output format to compressor/display" -> "24 bit RGB (888)".
I have to tip my hat to you guys. Even though I have 20+ years in the traditional video world, NLE is a whole different animal. I used the same source file that I had previously used and created a 4 min. sequence using the DV codec, and the same sequence using the DVIX codec I previously used. The difference was night and day. With the DV codec the sequence took 0 time to render and 1:24 to encode, the divx codec took 12:00 minutes to render, and I didn't even bother with the encode. I also saw CPU usage go to average 80% with some peaks over 90%. Thank you so much for your suggestions, and mostly patience :) My last request is if there is a resource that explains how codecs work, and when and where to use them.