Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 1:06 PM (in response to Hogster86)
Good question, and it would be interesting to know the answer.
However, I prefer to turn off background rendering while I'm working, and only render a section if I need it. When I do a final render, I send it to Compressor and forget about it until it's done. So even if the answer is that it takes less time to render inside of FCPX first, I wouldn't do it.
Just my $.02-worth.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
Thanks for your reply. I too turn off Background Rendering when I'm working as it tends to slow my machine down quite a bit.
I think my situation is a little different as I've just finished the editing of my current project, but I'm waiting for the client to confirm some final details (whether he's happy with the credits I've put at the end, etc). I'm now wondering whether it would be worth doing all the rendering now, and then if he wants any part of the credits changing, I only have to re-render that before exporting the Master File (or letting it get rendered when exporting the Master File) ...
Many thanks for your input
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 1:25 PM (in response to Hogster86)
That actually *is* a good question. Let's see what the experts say.
Of course, since you're waiting, you could experiment yourself and let us know what you find out. (But of course, you already knew that - I'm just being silly.)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
I did do a very quick experiment the other week where I fully rendered a very short clip (rendering took a minute or so), exported it as a Master File, and it was finished almost instantly. I then deleted the render files, and exported a Master File straight from the timeline, which also took about a minute ... which made me wonder whether it's just good practice to render everything first before creating the Master File, in case you ever needed to come back to the project, change something, and re-export it ...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to Hogster86)
Pre-rendering does two things for you. One, you see the high quality playback as it will output; and two, export is much faster. Oh and three you actually have a render file stored on your computer. Exporting does the same thing but it doesn't generate and store separate render files.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2013 12:44 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Thanks for clarifying my suspicions!
With the exceptionally slow rendering performance of my MacBook Pro with FCPX, I need to take advantage of every bit of spare time I have - in the last 8 hours it's rendered 15% of my 1h25m project I think my system is being bottle-necked by my graphics card (NVIDIA GT 330M w/ 256MB VRAM) ...
Upgrading to Mountain Lion wouldn't make any difference I guess? I don't think there's much else I can do short of getting a brand new Mac laptop to speed up the export ...
Many thanks for your input!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to Hogster86)
Software always seems to drive the purchase of new hardware. I also have a MacBook Pro, and as soon as I was interested in using FCPX, I bought an iMac. Let's take bets on how long you can hold out.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
Well you were right Dan ... I'm typing this from a brand new 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro (512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 1GB VRAM)! My word Final Cut Pro X screams on this machine! It's rendered what would have taken overnight on my old machine in about 20 minutes! Not to mention it can playback full 1080p at full quality .... just amazing ...
Cheers for now!
A very content David
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 8:40 PM (in response to Hogster86)
LOL. I didn't think you'd succumb so quickly, but with the kind of speed improvement you just got, you have to ask yourself: What took you so long?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
I don't know to be honest I'm thrilled with the newfound speed of this machine, everything just happens so much faster! In the end I re-rendered my entire project, and what took almost 3 days of practically 24-hour rendering on my old laptop (running overnight, taking the computer to work with me and letting it run during the day), this new machine finished the whole thing in 3 hours!
By the way, I've been using the G-Drive Mini 1TB 7200rpm drives and find they perform extremely well over USB 3:
I don't have any multicam stuff in my project, but for general projects these drives should be absolutely fine.