The speed of a processor means very little these days. We need the actual model number, such as i7 920, or Q9660.
Having said that, yes those times can be entirely normal depending on the source footage, effects and complexity of the program, and the hardware specifics.
I'd definitely look at doubling or quadrupling your RAM. That is surely one of your bottlenecks.
Hi, thanks for the reply. model number is a i7 920.
So definitely the RAM that is causing it to take so long?
It is the combination of factors, MAC, CPU, RAM, disk setup, graphics card, etc. All contribute to the less than stellar performance.
Two things to check.
1. Make sure the frame rate of your output matches your source material. If your source video is 29.97 fps and your output is set to 30 fps, it will significantly increase the output time.
2. Do you have "Maximum Render Quality" checked? If so, try encoding without that selected. It should speed up the encoding significantly, and you might be satisfied with the quality of the video file.