Joost van der Hoeven
Read this page to get an overview of the Adobe Media Encoder workspace, including the Encoding panel and the Preset Browser.
Adobe Media Encoder functions as an encoding engine for Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Character Animator, and Adobe Prelude. You can also use Adobe Media Encoder as a stand-alone encoder.
For an overview of using all the features in Adobe Media Encoder, see this video by Jan Ozer.
Using Adobe Media Encoder, you can export videos to video-sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo, devices ranging from professional tape decks to DVD players, mobile phones, and high-definition TV sets.
There are five main panels in Adobe Media Encoder that you use while encoding your files. You can group panels as tabs in a single frame or float them as separate panels.
A. Encoding panel B. Queue panel C. Preset Browser D. Watch Folder E. Media Browser
After you customize the workspace to your requirements, select Window > Workspace > New Workspace to create a custom workspace.
Many commands in Adobe Media Encoder have keyboard shortcuts to help you complete tasks quickly, with minimal use of the mouse. See this page for default keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Media Encoder.
The Encoding panel provides information on the status of each item being encoded.
When you encode multiple outputs simultaneously, the Encoding panel displays a thumbnail preview, progress bar, and the completion time estimate of each encoding output. For more information, see Parallel Encoding.
You add files that you want to encode to the Queue panel. You can add source video or audio files, Adobe Premiere Pro sequences, and Adobe After Effects compositions to a queue of items to encode. You can drag-and-drop the files into the queue or click Add Source and select the source files to encode.
You can also send jobs directly to the queue from other Adobe applications. This allows you to keep working while AME renders in the background. Adobe applications that support export to AME include:
The items added to the encoding queue are encoded when you start the queue. You can instruct Adobe Media Encoder to start encoding after you add an item to the queue, or wait until you decide to start encoding. You can also set a preference to begin the encoding when the specified amount of time has elapsed after a new item is added to the encoding queue.
You can add, remove, or reorder items in the queue panel. For more information, see Add and manage items in the encoding queue.
After adding video and audio items to the encoding queue, you can apply more presets using the Preset Browser or adjust output settings in the Export Settings or Ingest Settings dialogs. For more information, see this article.
The Preset Browser provides you with options that help streamline your workflow in Adobe Media Encoder.
System presets in the browser are organized as categories based on their use (such as Broadcast, Web Video) and device destination (such as DVD, Blu-ray, Camera, Tablet). You can modify these presets to create custom presets, also called User Presets.
In the Preset Browser, you can quickly find a preset using search, or using the enhanced navigation provided by the collapsible folder structure. For more information on the Preset Browser, see Using the Preset Browser.
For more information on encoding using presets, see Working with presets.
Any folder on your hard drive can be designated as a Watch Folder. Once you select your Watch Folder, any files that you add into the folder are encoded using the selected presets. Adobe Media Encoder automatically detects media files being added to the Watch Folder and starts the encoding.
For more information, see Add a Watch folder to the encoding queue.
The media browser lets you preview media files before you add them to the queue. The left side of the panel shows all local and networked drives on your system plus a Favorites section where you can save links to directories you use most often. The right side of the panel displays the contents of the selected drive or directory. You can filter your content based on file type or use the Search field. Folder-based file structures used by camera manufacturers like Canon, Sony, and Panasonic can be easily navigated, as well the contents of After Effects and Premiere Pro projects.
You can add files to the encoding queue by double-clicking them in the Media Browser, or dragging them directly to the Queue panel. To assign specific encoding or ingest presets to your files, drag them to presets in the Preset Browser.
Adobe Media Encoder supports custom duration ingest only by the Transcode option. The Copy option always copies the entire source file.
The new tool bar allows you to switch between multiple workspaces easily. To enable this option, click Windows > Tools or the shortcut key Ctrl+6.
Once you make changes to your workspace, you can save that workspace. To save a worspace, click the hamburger icon. Select Save as New Workspace. A dialog box appears. Type in the name of the new workspace. Click OK.
You can combine multiple media files into a single file when adding them to the queue. To stitch media files together, do one of the following:
There are some other ways to combine media files together.
The other method is:
The name of the stitched clips gets automatically set to the first clip in the series since the sources are sorted alphabetically. The name of the stitched clip is in the edit mode by default, so you can type a custom name to change this if necessary. Press the Enter key to change the name. Stitched clips that are not currently encoding can be renamed at any time by clicking the source name in the Queue.
Stitched clips adhere to In and Out Points set in media browser. However, you cannot edit the duration of sources once they have been added to a stitched clip.
Stitched clip sources are shown directly below the stitched clip name.