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Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

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Video: Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media encoder is a wonderful application that comes bundled with After Effects. It allows you to pass off the rendering process to a separate application, so you can continue working inside of After Effects. Now, it also has an added bonus in the fact that it has a ton of different presets, so you don't have to remember exactly what codec or compression is used for any specific kind of machine. To show you what I mean, lets go ahead and add our current h+_Encoder project to Adobe Media Encoder. Let's make sure we have the h+_Encoder project selected in our timeline. And then go up on our composition and choose Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. Now, it's going to take a second to launch. But what After Effects is doing is creating a subfolder inside the folder where we've saved our After Effects project. And in there, it's saving a temporary file, that media encoder's going to use to save the information that we input.

Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media encoder is a wonderful application that comes bundled with After Effects. It allows you to pass off the rendering process to a separate application, so you can continue working inside of After Effects. Now, it also has an added bonus in the fact that it has a ton of different presets, so you don't have to remember exactly what codec or compression is used for any specific kind of machine. To show you what I mean, lets go ahead and add our current h+_Encoder project to Adobe Media Encoder. Let's make sure we have the h+_Encoder project selected in our timeline. And then go up on our composition and choose Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. Now, it's going to take a second to launch. But what After Effects is doing is creating a subfolder inside the folder where we've saved our After Effects project. And in there, it's saving a temporary file, that media encoder's going to use to save the information that we input.

Now you should be inside of Media Encoder, and you'll notice we have a bunch of presets. Let's work our way from the left over to the right. The first option has a pull-down for Format. If we click on that, we can choose some pretty general formats. There's H.264, there's MPEG4, Quick Time. If you're on Windows, there'll be Windows Media. We could render image sequences. You get the idea. You can choose your overarching format here, and then within that format there are a bunch of different presets in the next pull down.

So I'll leave H.264 selected, and then when we go to the preset pull down for that. Notice I have different options where, if I needed to render for an Android phone and tablet, I could choose a preset. If you scroll down, you can see the presets are pretty endless. Now I'll just go ahead and click off of here. If you're not exactly sure what preset you need, you can look by device over here on the right. Now, before we jump into the presets, look at the next option here in our queue panel, the output file path.

If you click on this, it'll go ahead and choose the folder that was created when we first launched Media Encoder. If we look in my exercise files, in Chapter Nine, it's created a new folder. That's because my Media Encoder Original After Effects Project was saved in this folder. So it created a new folder where it saved the Temp File and that's where it's trying to save our new file. We could change the name up here, although I'm just going to leave it the same and click Save. Now let's go over to the right and look at the Preset Browser.

The preset here allows us to choose more than one option, and we can browse by specific device. So, let's look at broadcast options. If I open here I can choose one of the Avid DNxHD codecs. Let's say I want to encode this to this 720p option. Well, if I want to use one of these presets I can go ahead and just click on this and drag it over to the left. Notice, now I get this highlight box underneath my latest queue. When I let go, now it's going to add that as another format for options for encoding.

If we look to the lower left, at the encoding panel, notice that there's nothing happening. This panel will update when we actually start the render queue. Down at the bottom, we can create what are called watch folders. Watch folders are a lot of fun because you can specify an individual folder on your hard drive. And anytime you save a project to that folder, Media Encoder will automatically launch and start encoding that project. You can even output files there and it'll re-encode those files or transcode those files to other formats.

To specify a watch folder, you can just click the plus button and then navigate to the folder you would like it to watch. I'm going to click Cancel, cause we're not going to do that just yet. If we go up to the top middle, this is where the Play button that will start our render queue. Now I want to go ahead and render these two formats. So I'll click the green Start button. Now, we'll see the encoding processes started in our encoding area. And then, since we have two different files going, we'll get previews for each file as they're created.

Now we can navigate to our output path. I'm just going to press Command+Tab to jump to my finder. And here I'll go to my media encoder area. And here's my MXF I created from the Avid project. And here's my MP4 file. If we go ahead and double-click, it'll open that file in QuickTime Player and I can go ahead and preview it. And as you can see, we have a successfully encoded file. So that's Adobe Media Encoder. And I tell you what. With all these presets, I send most off my projects off to Media Encoder, because it makes life pretty simple.

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After Effects CC Essential Training

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 30m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
    3. Relinking missing footage
      1m 54s
    4. Working with keyboard shortcuts
      1m 23s
    5. Updating After Effects with Creative Cloud
      1m 25s
    6. Different ways to use After Effects
      59s
    7. Exploring the interface of After Effects
      12m 0s
    8. Exploring important preferences and setting up the cache
      6m 20s
    9. Video terminology
      4m 24s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. The six foundations of After Effects
      11m 5s
    2. Understanding compositions
      10m 35s
    3. Creating and manipulating layers
      9m 49s
    4. Building animation
      6m 29s
    5. Working with effects
      7m 5s
    6. Introduction to 3D
      8m 45s
    7. Understanding how to render
      6m 48s
  4. 38m 54s
    1. Importing elements
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing projects
      3m 51s
    3. Building compositions with layers
      6m 17s
    4. Animating with keyframes
      10m 0s
    5. Adding effects and graphics
      8m 7s
    6. Output techniques
      4m 46s
  5. 44m 49s
    1. Exploring composition and project settings
      6m 48s
    2. Importing Photoshop files as compositions
      8m 39s
    3. Importing Illustrator files as compositions
      7m 41s
    4. Viewing files in the comp panel
      4m 42s
    5. Understanding Pre-compose
      4m 21s
    6. Positioning layers with snapping
      4m 55s
    7. Interpreting footage
      4m 0s
    8. Keyboard shortcuts for compositions
      3m 43s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Defining layers
      5m 4s
    2. Creating type layers
      7m 38s
    3. Precise typesetting techniques
      5m 42s
    4. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      9m 6s
    5. Creating design elements with shape layers
      6m 10s
    6. Layer compositing: Masks, switches, and blend modes
      7m 35s
    7. Using track mattes
      4m 49s
    8. Precise compositing with variable-width feathered masks
      9m 24s
    9. Working smarter by swapping layers
      7m 6s
    10. Keyboard shortcuts for layers
      2m 35s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. Understanding animation
      6m 20s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 52s
    3. Understanding keyframe interpolation
      6m 20s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      8m 26s
    5. The power of parenting
      5m 26s
    6. Using null objects
      6m 46s
    7. Creating expressions with the pick whip
      6m 25s
    8. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      9m 56s
    9. Building complex graphics with Pre-compose
      4m 54s
    10. Preparing audio for animation
      8m 57s
    11. Generating graphics with audio
      9m 13s
    12. Working smarter: Navigating the Timeline
      4m 32s
  8. 58m 59s
    1. Understanding the order of effects
      5m 58s
    2. Generating backgrounds with effects
      5m 33s
    3. Generating a scribble effect
      8m 12s
    4. Animating strokes with effects
      6m 37s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      5m 52s
    6. Adding gradients and glows
      4m 30s
    7. Saving pan and scan presets
      5m 20s
    8. Fixing exposure with Levels
      3m 5s
    9. Fixing color casts with Color Finesse 3
      9m 57s
    10. Masking individual effects
      3m 55s
  9. 55m 24s
    1. Understanding 3D in After Effects
      9m 2s
    2. Intro to cameras
      7m 51s
    3. Intro to lights and material options
      8m 56s
    4. Animating cameras
      12m 39s
    5. Creating depth of field
      6m 48s
    6. Exploring the ray-traced 3D renderer
      10m 8s
  10. 1h 43m
    1. Understanding CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects
      1m 32s
    2. 3D foundations
      10m 43s
    3. Matching CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects projects
      8m 9s
    4. Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite interface
      7m 31s
    5. Creating 3D projects from Illustrator files
      7m 28s
    6. Exploring modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 8s
    7. Applying deformers
      5m 59s
    8. Understanding materials
      7m 32s
    9. Lighting your scene
      8m 14s
    10. Looking at detailed materials
      7m 51s
    11. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 51s
    12. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      5m 45s
    13. Working with CINEWARE
      9m 38s
    14. Render settings and the multipass workflow
      8m 38s
  11. 23m 35s
    1. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 45s
    2. Recommended settings for rendering graphics
      10m 21s
    3. Creating presets in the Render Queue
      4m 0s
    4. Prerendering with Import and Replace Usage
      3m 18s
    5. Working smarter: One render, multiple outputs
      1m 11s
  12. 29m 3s
    1. Creating type animators
      8m 52s
    2. Creating and animating type on a path
      5m 32s
    3. Animating shape layers
      8m 45s
    4. Animating brushstrokes with Paint
      5m 54s
  13. 23m 31s
    1. Retiming with Time Remapping
      8m 56s
    2. Retiming footage with Timewarp
      9m 10s
    3. Smoothing shaky camera footage with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      5m 25s
  14. 16m 6s
    1. Getting started with Keylight
      8m 43s
    2. Refining your key with Keylight
      3m 42s
    3. Cleaning up keys with masks
      3m 41s
  15. 26m 47s
    1. Rotoscoping with paths
      6m 47s
    2. Introducing the Roto Brush
      5m 58s
    3. Refining the Roto Brush
      6m 12s
    4. Using the Refine Edge tool
      7m 50s
  16. 27m 13s
    1. Creating a single point track
      7m 38s
    2. Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      4m 29s
    3. Warp Stabilizer VFX: Reversible Stabilization workflow
      7m 47s
    4. Solving cameras
      7m 19s
  17. 6m 30s
    1. Archiving your projects
      3m 50s
    2. Removing unused footage
      1m 25s
    3. Moving compositions between projects
      1m 15s
  18. 2m 24s
    1. What's next?
      2m 24s

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