I have eighth video media files I have to update weekly. Each file is 10 min long and created at 1920x1080 300dpi (this is the native resolution of the files I am given). I have to update the text within each of the media files and then render to a format we can play (encoded to 720p MPEG 2). So basically it takes me 5 min per show to open the file and change the text for each show.
I started this process with an off shelf HP running Win7 x64, Q8200 Processor, low end VidCard and 4megs ram. It would take 30 min per file to encode. Since I am encoding 8 files it was 4 hours of waiting and 20 min of actual work.
So I built a new system...
Win 7 x64, i5 760 (OC'ed to 2.93ghz), 8 GB Ram (1600ghz), boot drive is two 64gb SSD running Raid 0 (CS5 is running from this drive) and the storage drive is a 500gb Seagate Drive SATA 6.0GB's drive (this is where the files are encoded to, although I have tried encoding them to the raid 0 array and it didn’t affect encoding time).
With the new system working on the exact same files it is still taking 25 - 30 min to encode a file. Watching the system monitor, when I start to encode a media file the processor goes to 100% on all 4 cores, but the memory used never goes above 3.5GB (Windows shows 8gb usable and CS5 is set to only leave 1.5gb for system resources). I tried OC the system to 3.4ghz and there was no change in encoding time.
Any ideas how I could improve this?
Better CPU is the first step and as a consequence a new mobo, possibly the same RAM, and a CUDA/MPE video card and better disk setup, in that order.
Run our Premiere Pro BenchMark (PPBM5) and measure how well you are doing and then compare to the results page. Sometimes we can recommend some specific tuning. I just checked the results page for i5-760 and there are two entries, but note that they both are with Premiere 5.0.0 which is much slower than the current version (you should be able to do better).