As for the answer to the question in my title, I’m not talking about almost every function of this crap pile of software, but I have to use it for one of my clients.
All joking aside, here’s my problem. I am making regular videos for them, all about 45 minutes give or take a couple. The original clips are .MTS files from a pair of matching Sony camcorders. Basically two angles, and in Premiere I just lay one on top of the other, and blade cut when it’s time to change angles. Works out great. The audio is given to me as an MP3 which I convert to AIFF. That’s the three elements of each video.
Normally when I am done and it’s time to export for Vimeo, it would take maybe 3 hours or so to export. But now all of a sudden it’s taking 15-20 hours. And this is not just Premiere giving me some wild time estimate – after tweking settings, I decided to let one just flow along and see if that was the case – it showed an estimate of 15 hours to start with and took just over 12. Now I have one that originally said 22 hours, and 20 hours later I’ve got about 1 hour to go.
The only thing that has changed that I know of is I had a hard drive issue. I have an external 1TB drive that I use for video. The USB cable apparently was a bit loose inside because if you just bump it, it would un mount the drive. There were also times that when the computer would wake up from sleep, it would show the drive had been removed improperly. I ended up getting another external since you can’t have too much drive space, and copied everything over. I figured that I just had a corrupt project file, but even after redoing the project from scratch, still the same problem. So figuring that maybe something was wrong with the project files, I’m doing the next one, and now getting the longer export time. This is all done on the new drive.
I have journalling turned off (when I formatted the drive). That seems to be the only suggestion I can find on line. Premiere itself is on the computer’s hard drive, not the external. Any ideas what I’m missing?