Originally Posted by Paulo Teixeira
What Premiere Pro CC do you have? Theirs a 2013 and 2014 version. You can't just upgrade 2013 to 2014. You have to download the whole thing and then delete 2013 afterwards which is what I did. Perhaps 2014 is faster. I didn't really notice though.
Yes, if you set it to a constant bit rate (CBR) that would help.
Thanks. Your answer was not too far off. My wife chose the wrong codec! She is using Windows Media File for the exports because "Microsoft has been around for a long time". She told me that this morning when I told her that simply doing what EVERYONE else is doing is actually better. For web based videos, such as YouTube and Vimeo, you can export as h.264 and use either the YouTube HD 1080p 29.97 or the Vimeo HD 1080p 29.97 presets. They export very similar in file size as WMF, but they use different video and audio codecs. I'm guessing these 'thread' more easily than WMF, thus a multi core CPU will get a better workout and get the job done faster. In my case last night, I exported using h.264 (not the one with blu-ray!) and it took 14 minutes to export a 15 minute movie! WMF export took 31 minutes.
h.264 finished pass 1of2 in about 5 minutes. When it started pass 2of2, my CPU usage ranged from 70%-85% and my memory usage was steady at 40% (12GB). When I used WMF, my CPU stayed in the 30%-40% and occasionally spiked to 50% and the memory was between 25%-35% usage (and took twice as long to process). I don't see any difference in the export. I'll have to play them on my 70" TV to see if there are any compression artifacts/block issues.
So for anyone that is doing this wrong: stop it right now! LOL. I hope this helps anyone out there that isn't doing what the majority of people are doing. I'll still upgrade to a hardware RAID card and get SSDs, but not right now. I need to upgrade my microphone and wait for (big) SSDs to come down in price first.
h.264 (.mp4 file) is viewable using Windows Media Player 12, standard with Windows 7. Not viewable in earlier versions of WMP. Plus, h.264 is not a Microsoft standard, thus is more compatible with various devices!
In our case, a 1 GB export file had only a 1.7MB size difference between the two formats, thus very close in compression.