Note... rendering is when you press the enter key to render the video on the timeline for viewing... exporting is what you do to create a new file
>imported the WMV
WMV is a compressed output file, not really meant to be edited... as such, you are adding a new level of compression when you create a new file
I'm sorry, but none of you helped me to figure a way to export my video in different settings that would improve the export time. I understand that I should buy a better computer, but it just seems irrational that it's so easy to compress and export such a big file in WLMM and it takes so much system effort to do a similar thing with premiere, which gives a lower quality output..
Thanks for the black bars guide. I'll use it. But could you please address the settings of my export please? Anything that might speed things up?
Why are you editing in WLMM in the first place?
H.264 is incredibly processor intensive. A core2 duo will be very, very slow rendering to HD H.264. And if your source footage wasn't HD, then upscaling to HD will result in a very noticeable quality loss.
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a way to export my video in different settings that would improve the export time.
As Jeff points out, for HD material you face a long export at some point in the process.
Short of hardwareupgrades, the best way to save time is to export once, rather than twice. Since you have encore, edit in Premiere, and bypass WMM entirely.
If you want to use WMM for some other reason, do you have Windows Movie Maker (pre windows 7 version) or Windows Live Movie Maker? The export options were always weak, but very limited in WLMM. Quality, as well as time, will be your problem using this workflow. The best you can do there is to maximize the datarate using a wmv file
You have two strikes (well, three, depending on how you count) against you.
WMV is heavily-compressed, as is H.264. They each take a lot of processing horsepower, and you completely lack that.
I would begin the Encoding process, and then go get lunch, and probably not "take out," depending on the Duration of your Timeline.
Yes, that is about what I was thinking, hence the "probably not take out... "
Going back a year, or two, I was handed three WMV's to just join, create some Menus, and author to DVD. The client refused to look for the material, prior to WMV. The total Duration, IIRC, was about 120 mins. total. In anger, I loaded them into PrPro, and did the light Trimming, then went to Export to bring into Encore. On the workstation, this was going very slowly. Client called, and pushed up the deadline, so I grabbed the laptop, converted his WMV's to DV-AVI, brought those into PrPro, Trimmed, and Exported to DV-AVI. Imported that file into Encore, re-did the Menus, and burned the DVD, just as the courier arrived. It was still almost an hour later, that the WMV Project finished, and would still have had to Import into Encore to author. Somewhere, I posted the times, but the differences were drastic. Even with the time to do a batch convert on the WMV's, the little laptop beat the workstation by at least an hour, or maybe more.
WMV is fine for streaming media, in final delivery, but is horrible to try to edit, even if it is a supported format/CODEC.