In Adobe Media Encoder, you add source video or audio files, Adobe Premiere Pro sequences, and Adobe After Effects compositions to a queue of items to encode.
Import items into the encoding queue
To add video or audio files, drag one more files into the queue, or click the Add Source button and choose one or more files.
Additionally, you can double click an open area in the Queue panel and choose one or more files.
To add a Adobe Premiere Pro sequence, choose File > Add Premiere Pro Sequence, select a Premiere Pro project, and select a sequence from that project. You can also drag and drop a sequence from the Project panel in Adobe Premiere Pro into the queue.
To add an Adobe After Effects composition, choose File > Add After Effects Composition, select an After Effects project, and select a composition from that project. You can also drag and drop a composition from the Project panel in Adobe After Effects into the queue.
To add an image sequence, choose File > Add Source. In the Open dialog box, choose the first file of the image sequence. Enable the Sequence Import checkbox for your file type, and then click the Open button.
Interpret items in the encoding queue
When Adobe Media Encoder imports a video asset, it attempts to determine the pixel aspect ratio, frame rate, and field order for that asset, as well as how to interpret the alpha channel (transparency) information. If Adobe Media Encoder is wrong about any of these characteristics, you can explicitly assign the correct interpretation.
Add a watch folder to the encoding queue
You can configure Adobe Media Encoder to look for files in certain folders called watch folders. When Adobe Media Encoder finds a video or audio file in a watch folder, it encodes the file using the encoding settings assigned to the folder, and then exports the encoded file to an Output folder created inside the watch folder.
The items added to the encoding queue by the watch folder will be encoded along with other items in the queue when you start the queue.
Note: If you have the “start queue automatically when idle for” preference selected, encoding begins when the specified amount of time has elapsed after the watch folder has added a new item to the encoding queue.
The Watch Folders panel in In Adobe Media Encoder can be used to add and manage folders. You can add a watch folder by doing one of the following:
Choose File > Create Watch Folder.
Click the Add Folder button.
Double-click an empty area in the Watch Folders panel.
Create a folder from Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS), and then drag it to the Watch Folders panel.
After you create a watch folder in the Watch Folders panel, you can see its name in the left column.
Leave the Auto-Encode Watch Folders checkbox enabled to encode all the items in a watch folder automatically.
You can generate multiple outputs with a single operation by using watch folders. For example, you want to generate an AVI movie, and a JPEG thumbnail image whenever you transcode a video asset. Follow these steps to create these files with a single user operation:
Create a new watch folder by clicking the Add Folder button, and then navigate to the folder you just made, “My_Watchfolder.”
Create a new Watch Folder item that also points to the folder “My_Watchfolder,” just like you created in Step 2.
Create a new Watch Folder item that also points to the folder “My_Watchfolder,” just like you created in Step 2 and Step 3.
When using Watch Folders, note these limitations:
Still Image Sequences are not supported as source footage through Watch Folders. If a set of still images is placed in the folder being watched, each individual still file will be added as a separate item to the Queue rather than than the entire sequence as a single piece of footage.
Premiere Pro and After Effects project files are not recognized, as there is no mechanism to select an individual Premiere Pro sequence or After Effects composition from inside the project file.
Save the encoding queue
The encoding queue and all encoding settings are saved automatically when you exit Adobe Media Encoder.
Turn off the Preferences > Remove completed files from the queue on exit checkbox if you want to keep completed encoded items in the Queue when you close and restart Adobe Media Encoder.