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Another option for outputting your movies, from after effects is to use the Adobe media encoder. And like the render queue, it has pros and cons. If you want to output via the Adobe media encoder. You can say add to Adobe media encoder queue. Which is actually quite hard to say. You can also go to the file menu, and say export. Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. When you do that, it will add your render item to the Adobe Media Encoder.
And it should open up in the background. And here we see it appear in Adobe Media Encoder. And as a default, it creates an HD64 movie. And if you hover over you can see a little synopsis, of the settings that its using but if you want to change the settings there's a couple of things that you can do. You could choose presets from over here, and there are all sorts of presets for different codecs, different formats Different camera mix, devices, DVD and bluray, image sequences, everything you may possibly need.
For example you may want a tough sequence in which case you can just open up tough sequences, select one that you want. So maybe you want 720 25 sequence and we just drop a tone and it replaces the item that's already there. Now you can add additional items. So if I also want H264, I can add that underneath. So you can start to create a que of items similar to how you would do in the render queue.
When you want to change your settings, you can click on your hyper link, and that will open the export settings where you can make changes to these presets. Now in a moment I've got H264 chosen as my output format, and then the preset is. HD720p 25. And you can put comments in there. Now, you can make your own settings, so I could go in here and say, I only want the frame rate of 15 frames a second. And then it becomes a custom preset, so it's no longer a preset that's provided with the application; we've created a custom preset.
Now generally, what I tend to do when I'm creating H264 Is, I change this to 2 pass. Variable bit rate 2 pass. Render at maximum depth. And use maximum render quality. And with these 3 things activated, you will get better quality renders. Now, target bit rate, and maximum bit rate. I'm going to leave, as is, for now. Now, you may want to save that preset if you think you're going to use it again. It's a good idea to save it. So, I can call it HD 720p 15 SPF.
So, we'll change that, and we'll click on OK. And then maybe I'll going to my tif sequence, and adjust that as well. And again all I'm going to do is just change that to 15 frames per second, render at maximum bit that, use maximum render quality and we'll save that again as. HD, 720p, 15 sequence, click OK, and then it's just a case of clicking render.
Now the nice thing is, while that's rendering you'll see it rendering there. I can jump back to After Effects, and continue working on my projects. So that's the big plus side of Adobe Media Encoder is it doesn't lock you out of After Effects. You can also setup watch folders, so if you wanted to you could create a folder on your system that when movies are dropped in, it will automatically render. And you can add the settings that you want it to render with. So it's like that very powerful piece of software, definitely worth looking at, and definitely worth using if you want to render in the background with no additional software or script.
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