After upgrading to Ventura (13.5.2) Media Encoder (2023) takes up to 40+ seconds to access a render folder on an external drive. Didn't have this problem yesterday when the OS was Monterey. The actual render time to the folder once it's displayed is fine.
in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/
p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post if it helps you get responses.
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Do you have any antivirus software installed?
No antivirus software installed.
Update - It's not just Media Encoder, it seems to be all Adobe. In fact it may be an issue with Ventura. However no one will fess up (surprise).