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  • What is the best way to make a video from a still image with hours of audio?

  • Paul Nicholson

    October 4, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Premiere Pro CS6. On Friday I took my four hour podcast recorded from Skype, placed a title and logo over it, chucked on the 10 second show title animation, then exported it at 1920×1080 10Mbps. Its Monday now and it is only 58% complete. Premiere estimates it will be 9431 MB. The audio file is 250 MB, the image is 4 MB and the intro animation is probably 20 MB. 250+4+20=274. So where are those THOUSANDS of extra Megabytes coming from and why does it take FOUR DAYS to export?

    I need a better solution. My computer is unusable and God Forbid I want to change anything in the recording.

  • Andrew Fed

    October 4, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Hi, Paul. I think the best way is upload the audio alone to Youtube and pit a still image (your logo) as a cover.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    October 4, 2021 at 9:08 am

    What are your EXACT export settings?

  • Paul Nicholson

    October 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

    I didn’t know I could upload an audio file to Youtube. Also, I want the intro animation.

  • Paul Nicholson

    October 4, 2021 at 11:47 am

    H.264 1920×1080 Target 5Mbps Max 5.4Mbps 29.97 fps Progressive VBR 2 Pass AAC 160 kbps 48 kHz Stereo. Its currently 84% complete and claims it has 6h04 to go, but the timer is not moving. I hope it hasn’t stopped exporting…

  • Graham Tees

    October 4, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    In every second of your 4 hour video there are 29.97 individual frames of 1920×1080 pixels each. That’s a huge number of pixels and they all have to be rendered out – even if they are just black ( a pixel is a pixel and each one has to be created by the rendering process). That is going to take a lot of rendering time – especially if you are not using a powerful computer. Just produce an audio only file.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    October 4, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    There’s no need to do 2 pass encoding because as there’s really nothing to improve with the second pass because it’s mostly a still image. Also you didn’t mention it but turn off maximum render quality if you have it on. You should also add a value to the keyframe field though because you don’t need to encode and write every frame (or have the encoder decide for you) so you set a longer time before the encoder adds a keyframe.

    For example I rendered an hour long full HD sequence with a still image and a music track.

    10Mbps no keyframes, file size a bit over 2 gigs

    10Mbps keyframe every 300 frames, file size a bit less than 400 megs

  • Paul Nicholson

    October 4, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    That sounds swell but how do I keep the intro animation pristine?

  • Tero Ahlfors

    October 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Test some settings and see how it looks.

  • Paul Nicholson

    October 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    It finally finished exporting after several days and it looks crystal clear. The estimate of 9431MB was way off – the file is only 864MB thankfully. It seems quite primitive that the program cant simply detect a still image and massively speed up this process. Can anyone recommend a better editing program that can do this?

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