I need help figuring out how to record while my computer is rendering.
I am very new to video editing, so this is my current workflow. First, I record footage using Fraps (30 fps, 1080p, .avi). I usually get several hours worth. Then I use Adobe Premiere CC and Media Encoder to cut the video into 20 minutes chunks. I queue all the videos up in Media Encoder (h.264, mp4, 1080p, 30fps).
Each video takes about 30 minutes to render (intel 2600k. dual amd 6950s, 16 gb ram). My source video is on a 2 TB HDD and the destination is a separate 1 TB HDD.
Here is my problem. While rendering, the computer can't be used for much else since my CPU usage is capped. My GPU doesn't seem to be used at all (as I understand, h.264 encoding is almost all CPU based).
How can I change my setup so that I can record more video while the machine is rendering away? In addition to my PC, I have a NAS available, a Macbook Retina Pro (2012, 16gb ram), and two external HDD cages. I think I need to come up with a setup where I can record on one machine and render with the other, but I don't know if this is viable or which HDD to record video to in that situation (is recording to NAS common? or do I make the other computer's HDD a share drive? record to external drive and move it around?)
There are a lot of unknowns for me here and I would just like to know what a "normal" setup is for using one computer to record and another to render. I am on a gigabit LAN with my NAS and laptop, but the laptop only has wireless connectivity.
I would just render my videos over-night, but that is when I upload to Youtube, as that takes many hours.