Looong Export speed time

soothinvibez Posts: 1 Just Starting Out

I am new to Hitfilm (express) and am rendering videos & black screen movies with audio files from 1 hour up to 10 hours long to YouTube. Sometimes they are looped (audio), have a few key frame points (where I lower the audio briefly at a point) and cross fades between each section of looped audio clips. The problem is when I export, it takes an extremely long time. For example, a 10 hour movie will take ALL of 10 hours or more. This is for the black screen just audio file. Is this normal ? Also, is their a setting to where I can have a black picture (background) play the entire time instead having Hitfilm think it is a movie?

My fomat is 1920x1080, 1080p 30fps running Windows10 64bit, 16gb ram, i7 2.2ghz nvidia geforce gtx1050ti maxQ, Being that I'm new to Hitfilm & editing I just don't know what all todo to help reduce this time.

I greatly appreciate any and all suggestions from the community in advance !


  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,413 Power User

    Right click the YouTube Preset in the Export Panel and choose Duplicate. Scroll down to the User Preset you've created and right click, select "Rename" and give it a useful name like "YouTube Audio Only." Right click this preset and select "Edit." In the Video settings uncheck "Render Video."

    Which should give you a black video with audio and render much quicker.

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Posts: 20,413 Power User

    Incidentally, it's actually pretty rare for any NLE to render in real time or quicker, even with just a still image. And Hitfilm isn't the fastest. The steps I listed above are an old workaround for exporting audio before Hitfilm offered true audio only export. Never thought I'd need to hand it out again, but, an all-black video would be the one time it's useful.