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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 24 Nov 2022 20:02 #123040

I have a millions things that I've been transcoding, and it moves along at a decent pace during the day when I'm active on my computer, but at night it seems to come to a crawl...possibly even completely stops at times. I'm confused because my Energy Saver settings seem to be set correctly. When I wake up and go to my computer, there's a screensaver on there, but my computer's not asleep. When I check my finder, there are huge gaps in between when each file was created (FAR bigger than when I'm active on my computer).
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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 24 Nov 2022 22:51 #123041

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Without knowing which macOS version you're running, your HW setup (including docks, types of external drives, and other connected devices), it's not easy to troubleshoot this situation.

There are reports of external drives going to sleep even with Energy Saver settings similar to yours. It seems to be triggered by a lack of user activity and other things, which might fit your nighttime situation. Energy Saver settings may not affect some external devices...

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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 24 Nov 2022 23:15 #123042

I'm running Big Sur 11.7.1. FCP is version 10.6.4. My media is stored on my external SSD, which is a SanDisk 2TB Extreme Pro.

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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 25 Nov 2022 00:23 #123043

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A few years ago I saw issues like that apparently related to the screen saver or the Security & Privacy "lock screen" timeout. Try turning both of those off while you run the same tasks overnight and see if that makes a difference.

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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 25 Nov 2022 02:08 #123046

Gotcha, thanks for the suggestion. I'll give that a go and hopefully it does the trick.

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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 27 Nov 2022 00:57 #123080

A few years ago I saw issues like that apparently related to the screen saver or the Security & Privacy "lock screen" timeout. Try turning both of those off while you run the same tasks overnight and see if that makes a difference.
Sadly this didn't make a difference

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Transcoding slows way down when I'm away from computer 28 Nov 2022 22:18 #123099

A mouse jiggler won't solve the underlying issue, but could help get you through the transcodes. www.amazon.com/Undetectable-Automatic-Si...ords=mouse%2Bjiggler

A colleague used something similar to stay logged in while doing remote updates to a database system. Seemed to work great.

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