What sort of computer are you using? Where is the media located? Where are you putting the transcoded files?
There is a great deal of stuff cached while doing transcoding. ***** up a lot of ram and drive space. That's a bottleneck. Pulling directly from the card is a bottleneck. Putting the transferred files on a slow drive is a bottleneck. Transcoding to the system drive on a laptop or imac is a bottleneck.
All that said, 2 hrs is way too long.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 10:39 AM (in response to Jim Cookman)
We've got an older system. Right now it's:
Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3 GHz
4 GB Ram
and we're running 10.5.8
I've copied the entire card structure from the SD card and it resides on an external hard drive which I think is 7200 RPM - not sure what the local drive is. FCP is placing the transcoded files back on the external drive. I've thought about copying the files on to the local HD, transcoding, and then putting them back on the external drive. Also, thought about ClipWrap but didn't want to spend $ if it didn't help any.
1-5 minute clips are no big deal. A 5-minute clip takes around 10 minutes...if that. But anything over 10 minutes and it's a long wait. Once transcoded, the clips work beautifully. No problems on playback - it's just getting them to that stage that's a pain.
What camera are you transcoding the footage from? What version of FCP are you running?
I had issues with the Sony NX5U...5 min shots were fine. Over 10 min, it took hours. The issue was with FCP. Updated to 7.0.3 and it was fixed. But that took a while to come about. ClipWrap2 solved my issue in two days. I told them the issue, they tested that format, found the issue, and issued an update. Apple followed a month later.
AVCHD is a standard that has no standard. Every company has it's small offshoot. Those slight differences cause issues.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 11:33 AM (in response to Shane Ross)
Thought I was running FCP 7, but we're actually using 6.0.6 and it looks like upgrading to 7 is not possible. The camera we're using is the Sony FS100. I've thought about trying ClipWrap and it looks like that's what I'll need to do.