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Rendering is Painfully slow

Are there any plans to improve the rendering engine of Videoscribe ?


I'm using the latest version on a Macbook Pro (2.6Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, Retina) and it takes an inordinate amount of time to render videos in .mov format. (or any format for that matter)


For a 5 minute scribe, it takes around 25 minutes ...


Thanks

It's disappointing that rendering in Videoscribe after all these years is so dismally slow. I am using a i7 and it's taking more than 45mins to render a 6min video. I'm using a few custom SVGs and 1080p Quicktime output, nothing overtly intensive! CPU usage is below 30% so it's clear Videoscribe is STILL not multi-threaded. For kicks I tried using the cloud-based renderer  Sho.co  and it takes hours, if not days, to render 5min files. This is unacceptable!

If I've done my maths correctly, that is approximately 3 frames per second being rendered. Each frame is a single 1920 x 1080 image and there are 25 frames for each second of video (assuming that is the framerate you are rendering at). 6 minutes multiplied by 60 is 360 seconds. 360 multiplied by 25 is 9000 frames. 45 minutes is 2700 seconds. 9000 frames divided by 2700 seconds is 3.33 frames per second.


For me, I wouldn't call that dismally slow; it may be closer to average. I'm sure it could be improved but we do not have any plans at this time to do any work on the rendering speed.

I have the same problem, I it's so so slow to render a file...it's not acceptable 2'30 movie takes 45 min for me with almost only texts ! As your answer @Matthew Cook, you should take care about customers problems ! If I use my ESP or Explaindio softwares, it takes some seconds to render a file ! not hours ! At this point, I would almost ask for a refund... if not, sure, I will not renew or upgrade anything.

It's not planned ? Perfect, change your priorities, as this is a critical point ! Be agile

If only I did test that during the trial period ! pffff

I think your scribe should probably be rendering about twice as fast as that. You could save your 2:30 project online and ask support for help, or you could attach a .scribe file here and ask the community for feedback.


-Mike (videoscribe user)

Perhaps this is an expectation thing. I use Camtasia Studio and Adobe Premiere extensively so I have an expectation of how fast a video project should render. Both of these programs have support for GPU rendering and also support multiple CPU core configurations. Videoscribe does not... in fact my system's power is barely being used when rendering (great for multitasking but not so good for productivity).


Even on older i7 hardware Adobe Premiere can render 4K video faster than Videoscribe can render 1080p  https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/  1080p rendering at 3 fps is slow in my world, especially considering Videoscribe is not working with 3D graphics, color correction or complex pixel shading algorithms, only 2D vector shapes. Real time video rendering aka 1080p @25fps has been around for many years now in many video editing applications. Nvidia's new RTX 2080 can even render 3D ray tracing in real time.


It's disappointing to hear that there are no plans to improve Videoscribe's rendering speed. The ease of use developing a scribe is certainly curtailed by the current long rendering times. I've also had issues with the cloud based renderer take days to render a project, and it's happened often enough that I won't use it any more for time critical projects.


I've added these comments to the development report and flagged this with the VideoScribe project manager. Hopefully this will help to push this into development.

Wow, I am shocked at the length of time it takes to render a file!  How does one tell that the video is actually rendering?  I don't see a progress bar or anything.   

If you are preparing your project efficiently, it may take about 10 minutes to render a 1 minute video, and the progress bar shows the rendering progress. If you are having longer rendering times, consider watching the tutorial videos or reading the following thread to determine how you can improve your project creation process: TIPS to avoid crashes, freezes failure to render (or slow rendering) and other problems.


As mentioned in this thread, you can attach a .scribe file here, or save your project online, and raise a ticket if you would like customer support to help you identify problems with your project.


Hope that helps,

-Mike (videoscribe user)

Incredible funny and .... answer ! As I said, it takes some seconds with Explaindio or ESP, the problem is not us, the problem is in the software ! no solution = no renewal, easy for me ! Unstatisfied customer ! And I will give some advices to not use this software as well to the social networks !


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