but - fire up activity monitor and see the various graphs.
If you quit other programs, the encoding won't speed up - so it's not RAM.
You probaably can duplicate a folder and see the IO jump higher - so the IO's not saturated unless you have a really odd encoding situation with some huge res source being encoded down to a 20x20 pixel size.
@IsaacMoses we use Skype for the call, and I use Ecamm Call Recorder to record the conversation. We also all do local recordings - for that I use Sound Studio, and Nathan and Jason use QuickTime. I then sync up the local recordings with the recording of the entire call and edit that
@KyleCronin thanks for all the info. In case you're wondering, we're thinking seriously about starting up a podcast at Mi Yodeya. I, for one, do not have much in the way of audio processing experience, and I'm not sure if we have someone who does.
@KyleCronin All good points. I think SE, for their podcast, sends every participant a standard mic ahead of time, which sounds like a good practice, especially if the number of potential participants is limited
i'm just putting that out there, since when I started doing IT stuff that required fairly complex local VM setups, I did the math, and (in my case) a SSD for $100 would pay for itself in about a month and a half, so I sprang for it.
You are right that different engines and also different settings can often make a big difference. Just making sure the compiler has the best optimize flags set for your CPU can really speed encoding up.
@stuffe I am using MPEG Streamclip, yes a little older, but I can't find anything that works so well and gives me the options I need. To be quite honest, this is the first time it has been so slow for me.
@stuffe No, it isn't. It's broken up between 100+ files
@stuffe Hehe...good idea; i've been using MPEG Streamclip for years, so I thought it would be just fine...until this
The encrypted volume's password is not required for erasing the disk, only to mount the encrypted volume on the disk. It's unclear whether you're being asked for the password only when connecting the disk, or when you attempt to erase it.
The following steps should work:
Connect the disk to yo...
This answer totally does not work for me (see comments). There's no way for me to reformat an encrypted drive using Disk Utility...
@gentmatt Really? This shouldn't be the case... I'll check and see if I can help you
Hm. I want to test this but do NOT want to erase my actual Time Machine drive...
@gentmatt What should work (if this doesn't actually work for you) would be to zero-out the drive using disk utility first (dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/diskX bs=1024k where diskX is the name of the external disk)
As joelseph said in his answer, you should be able to erase an encrypted volume in Disk Utility even without entering the password. However, I do not have a 10.8 system to test this with, and Ian C. said that 10.8 changed this.
If Disk Utility does prevent joelseph's answer from working, wiping ...
@daviesgeek The great thing about that idea is that it doesn't even need to be a beefy PC at all. You won't need graphics cards that chew through a hundred watts a piece, no need of anything other than a CPU and some RAM if you pick the right motherboard.
@daviesgeek All you need is a small footprint case with a regular power supply (400 Watt), a half decent mobo with SATA3 and probably USB3 or ESata, the beefiest Corei7 CPU you can afford and a boat load of RAM because it's cheap and a couple of hotswap bays for easy hard disk removal.
@daviesgeek No monitor, keyboard, mouse, just a box running Win that has a fat CPU and RAM - use the onboard sound and GPU - unlikely to need a clever cooling solution without a ridiculous watt eating gaming graphics card.