Why Video Can Take Forever To Render
In the last few months I’ve been making a lot more videos, most of which have been Vlogging on my TinFoilChefDotCom YouTube channel. In fact, since I took a day off for Christmas, I have not gone a day without making and uploading at least one video. I love doing it because there’s a level of creative freedom that I have found to be unequaled in any other media. Especially when you start taking visual and audio effects into account.
While most of these vlog videos have involved discussion of topics ranging from weight loss to Pat Robertson’s recent statements about Haiti, and the cooking videos where I’ll show how to make something. Recently I’ve started doing a series of brief sketches called “Talking To My Many Selves” where I use a simple editing trick to put two versions of myself on screen at the same time and have a conversation with some aspect of who I am.
While they are actually pretty funny (ok, so I’m biased. check ’em out for yourself.), There is a downside in terms of making them. Specifically, when I ask the editing software to do anything much more complicated than lining up a series of clips into a full video, it can drastically increase the amount of time it takes to process and render the final video.
A big part of the secret here is in the video card. My computer is several years old and is using an old RAGE 128 Pro with 32MB of video ram. Back in the day that was a pretty hot video card, even allowing for the fact that by the time I finally found one on sale and added it to my system the thing was no longer being made. It was still the best, fastest video card I’d ever had and it made a lot of things possible that I hadn’t been able to do before.
Now however things are different. In making a video every single day I’m very aware of just how inadequate that old card is for the task I’m giving it. Oh, it works, slowly. A seven minute YouTube video can take anywhere from two to eight hours to render.
What I really need to do is get something like the PNY GeForce 9500GT. This card’s got a full gigabyte of on-board video memory, a 550mhz clock and supports NVidea’s CUDA technology which from what I’ve read, seriously speeds up video processing.
I’m seriously thinking that I need to get down to business building a new system and use that card to handle the video. Maybe then I can get a seven minute video to render in under two hours!
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