Thank you, David. I didn't realize different encoding jobs would react differently to pausing.
Here are two of my experiences, if anyone needs the info:
- Compressor is running, and working on an encoding job (a FCPX project on external drive with its own power supply).
- Unplug all cables from MacBook Pro, except FW800 to external drive.
- Put MacBook to sleep by closing it (do not pause the encoding job).
- Wait for MacBook to fully enter sleep mode (LED on front begins pulsing).
- Turn the external drive off.
- Unplug the FW800 cable.
- Move the system to a different location.
- Turn external drive on (not connected to MacBook yet)
- Wait for drive to spin up and get itself ready.
- Plug drive's FW800 cable into sleeping MacBook.
- Wake MacBook by opening it.
During my MPEG-2 encoding, this did not work. The job would not resume (it got hung up) and I had to start over.
During a Quicktime encoding, it worked perfectly. The job continued processing once the system emerged from sleep mode.