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Previously I was using Windows Video Editor to save an audio file (a speech, no music, 41 minutes, 34kbps) with a static background image as a video file that will be uploaded to YouTube. It was simple and took minutes, but my new laptop did not come with that program and I decided to try Blender.

Besides having difficulty figuring out how to get the Encode menu to show up, it seems like it is going to take an hour to render the animation before I can actually save it. For reference, I have the Output/Encode set to:

  • FFmpeg video
  • Matroska
  • H.264
  • Low output quality
  • Fast encoding speed
  • Keyframe interval 500

Anyway, a few questions:

  1. Why is it so much slower than Windows Video Editor?
  2. What might optimal encoding settings for "speech audio" and a static background?
  3. What else can I do to speed this up without degrading the audio quality?
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