I have i3-7100 CPU and 16 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. I know it's not much, but why Adobe Media Encoder 2020 is rendering my simple 720p video with subtitles so slow?!

It takes 20 minutes to render my 5 minute 720p video with default H264 settings. What is going on here?

And there are no scaling or other effects. Just the video and hardcoded subtitles.

  • 20 minutes to render a 5 minute video on a slower machine doesn't sound that bad to me. Videos take ages in general. Often I end up rendering stuff overnight.
    – tomh
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 8:39
  • I quite often find rendering in Premiere is faster and more reliable than using Media Encoder fyi
    – tomh
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 8:40

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Check your GPU settings in AME prefs should be targeting your particular GPU. Choice of GPU can effect render time significantly. A GPU with a high CUDA processor count is best for these renders on a PC. On a MAC it should be metal with an appropriate card. Try and get a view of your system performance and buy a better card. https://www.cgdirector.com/best-cpu-gpu-render-benchmarks/

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