After adding video and audio items to the encoding queue, you can encode and export them from the queue using presets or custom settings.
Encode using presets
Your files will begin to be encoded to your desired format, using your chosen preset, and in the location that you chose.
Encode using custom settings
You can close the Current Encode panel for optimum performance during encoding. View progress of the encoding process with the progress bar in the Queue panel instead.
Choose a video, audio, or still-image format from the Format menu. For more information, see File formats supported for export.
(Optional) Choose an encoding preset from the Preset menu.
Select Export Video, Export Audio, or both.
(Optional; available for some formats) Open the item in Adobe Device Central by selecting Open In Device Central.
(Optional) Set settings in the various tabs of the Export Settings dialog box that meet your encoding needs. For more information, see Export settings reference.
(Optional) Specify pre-encoding options, including cropping, trimming, and addition of cue points. (See Crop and trim source before encoding and Working with cue points for FLV and F4V video files.)
(Optional) Set options for XMP metadata export. (See Export and thin XMP metadata.)
(Optional) Select Use Maximum Render Quality or Render At Maximum Bit Depth.
Note: Rendering at a higher color bit depth requires more RAM and slows rendering substantially.
(Optional) Select Use Frame Blending.
Specify a filename and location for the encoded file by clicking the underlined text next to Output Name in the upper-right section of the Export Settings dialog box and entering a filename and location. If you don’t specify a filename, Adobe Media Encoder uses the filename of the source video clip.
Note: When the format is set to P2 Movie, the user-assigned filename is not applied. Instead, such encodes are given a six character alphanumeric name by Adobe Media Encoder. The Output Name is saved to the clip’s metadata, and is shown as the clip name in Adobe Premiere Pro.
You can specify a destination folder in which to save the encoded file relative to the folder containing the source video clip. When specifying a destination folder, keep in mind the following:
The destination folder you specify must exist. If you specify a folder that does not exist, an error message informs you that the file cannot be encoded because the folder cannot be found.
When specifying a folder, separate the folder name and the filename using either a forward slash (/) or backward slash (\). Use only a forward slash (/) on Mac OS.
In Preferences, you can choose a folder to specify the destination of encoded files. (See Preferences.)
Monitor encoding progress
While an item is being encoded, the Status column of the encoding queue provides information on the status of each item.
The item is currently being encoded. Adobe Media Encoder encodes only one item at a time. You can continue to work in Adobe Media Encoder while encoding is in progress. You can add, remove, or reorder items in the queue or watch folder.
The item is in the encoding queue but has not been encoded. You can remove a file from the queue that has not been encoded and is not being encoded.
Encoding completed successfully icon
The item has been successfully encoded. Called “Done” in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
Encoding stopped by user icon
The user canceled the encoding process while the item was being encoded. Called “Stopped” in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
Adobe Media Encoder encountered an error when attempting to encode the specified item. Called “Failed” in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
The user can skip one, or more selected files. With the files selected, choose Edit > Skip Selection.
Audible alerts when jobs completed (successfully and with errors)
Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later has audible alerts. It plays an audible alert at the completion of the jobs in the Queue. A different alert sounds if any error conditions are detected. These alerts can be disabled in preferences, if you do not want to hear them.
During the encoding process, click the Start Queue button once more if you would like to pause the encoding process (in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later).
Click the status icon to open the log for any item for which encoding is done, stopped, or failed.
Use preview files from Adobe Premiere Pro
When encoding Adobe Premiere Pro sequences, choose Use Previews to use existing preview files (which have already been rendered and encoded) for the parts of the sequence for which they are available.
Launch Adobe Media Encoder from Adobe Premiere Pro to use preview files. Choose Export > Media in Premiere Pro to launch Adobe Media Encoder. Ensure that “Match Sequence Settings” is selected.