Average Production Time?

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I'm just curious as to whether my experience is typical.
On average, I count on roughly a minimum amount of time to produce/render a video equal to the minutes of the video.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.
For example, if I have a 20 minute clip, I can count on at least 20 minutes to produce.

My system is running Windows 10, 2.9GHz processor, 16 GB RAM.

What about the rest of you?
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The answer to that is a question.

The question? How long is a piece of string?

The answer is, it depends on the string.

Likewise, I think the production time varies based on many factors. For example, your processor may be an I3 and those aren't as efficient as I5 or I7. My last laptop was an I7. the prior was a pentium. And processing time dropped dramatically when I moved to the I7.

Other factors include what is going on with the media. How many animations, or transitions, or many other factors.

I'm not sure there is any set standard. Best bet is just to notice average times for your own setup as you seem to have already done.

But I'm just one little rowboat in the vast ocean of users. I'm sure others have other opinions to offer.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I agree with Rick's comment.

I had an i5 with 8gB RAM that rendered at about the same elapsed time as the video.

Then I went to an i7 with 16gB RAM that rendered about twice as fast as the i5.

Now I have an i7 with 12gB RAM and with GTX 1050 Ti 4GB video card and it takes less than half the time of the previous i7.

The complexity of the file matters.

The more complex, the longer it will take.
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I have a core i7 running at 3.4GHz with 32GB of RAM under Win 10 Pro.  (I use Camtasia v8.6 because I can't give up on that MP3 output -- if they could bring that back, I'd likely upgrade.)  Recently, I've been putting together segments from an actor performance showcase.  Since each piece runs between 90 seconds and 4 minutes, it's a perfect lab for testing your response.

What I've noticed is that if the output requires a great deal of image processing, the program appears to require more time to complete the output.  By "image processing" I'm referring to animations, transitions (fades rather than cuts) and also whether the output must reduce 1920x1080 source video to HD (1280x720) or even SD (854x480).  Because of the processor speed, I haven't experienced a 1:1 ratio for output -- but some segments take longer due to their complexity.

BTW, even with this system, I experience periodic freezes/crashes from Camtasia 8.6.
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I agree, RG.

And I'd like an MP3 output, too.

I upload the audio from many of my productions to my podcast site (it's Podbean), and Podbean does not accept WAV, only MP3.
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Folks, does the video card has any impact on the production time? As far as I know - not really, but who knows may be I was living in a lies :)
I'm using i7 7820i with 32gb RAM, and I still think that production time is slow. I mean I don't have a lot to compare to, but usually it is about the same length of the video or sometimes more than that. I typically don't use too much transitions.. 
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Your specs are similar to mine, and I don't experience a 1:1 ratio for output.  Is it possible that something else is going on in the background?  I've seen serious hits in performance when certain background processes were taking place -- for example, QuickBooks or iCloud updates.  Recently my PC slowed to a crawl and when I opened Task Manager I found 17 zombie instances of Edge, several "open" Photos, and (the worst offender) an "open" instance of Media Player.