Can too much rendering/exporting hurt a computer/drives?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by David M. Whiskeyman, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. A silly question maybe, but I have 30 hours of material to encode to MPEG-2
    for a DVD set and I plan on doing all of the encoding with Apple's
    Compressor. It looks as though it will take about 14 hours to encode a
    two-hour piece of video. Multiply this by 15 and you have a lot of hours of
    encoding. So, my question is, how much wear and tear am I putting on my
    computer and drives? Or, should I just go out and buy a DVD recorder and do
    it in "real time"? (maybe a good excuse to buy one of these). Any

    Thanks in advance,


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    David M. Whiskeyman, Oct 16, 2003
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    Jon Harris Guest

    I'd say it's a non-issue. After all, a computer processor is still
    executing code even if you think it's doing "nothing". The difference
    between the computer running at full processor usage vs. idling probably
    isn't too significant, so 210 hours of hard-core encoding is probably
    equivalent to slightly more than that of normal use or just turned on idle.
    Besides, processors really don't wear out (no moving parts).

    For the hard drive, I'd guess it's really not thrashing the drive that whole
    time, so probably not a big deal there either. But if you want an excuse to
    buy a new toy, feel free to use this one! :)
    Jon Harris, Oct 16, 2003
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