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Traditionally, if you were sending work from After Effects to a file, if you were going to output a file of some description. You would simply Drag and Drop your compositions into the Render Queue, and set up your options. And then, hit Go and, or click on the Render button, and off you go. After Effects is going to create the file for you. And there's a bunch of options here. It's pretty flexible. It's a powerful interface. And it is a queue, and it'll work. But now if you want to, you can have the Adobe Media Encoder do the work for you in the background.
So, if I just switch over to the Media Encoder, you can see under the File menu, I've got this option to add an After Effects composition. So, if I choose that and browse to my Composition, there it is, or at least there's my Project file in the folder system on my machine. And then, having selected that After Effects project, you can see I've got the two compositions available here. I'll just select these and click OK, and they're both going to popup. I just used the Shift key there to make a regular list selection of those two. And now that these are on the list, I can set them off in coding. let me be pretty lazy here.
I'm not even going to bother with the settings, I'll just set these to go to my Desktop just so you can see the process. And if I've hit Go now, off we go, that's rendering. And it's become the process, and I can toggle back to After Effects and I can actually carry on working on this project. Making changes to it. And the reason I can do that is that the Adobe Media Encoder effectively is using the Dynamic Link Server. And that means it's now taken a separate copy of my After Effects project.
And it's using that AEP file independently of the one I'm working on in After Effects. If I toggle back, you can see it's making pretty good progress here. But it's, it, yes, it's based on the project file that I was working on, but it's not actually the same project file. Which means that if I make changes here inside my After Effects project, it's not going to cause a problem for the Adobe Media Encoder. This is absolutely brilliant if you've got a client wanting to see where you're at with the project so far, but you don't want to stop work in order to give it to them.
You can set the Media Encoder off doing the work of encoding. And again, it's very, very easy to do. You don't need to use the render queue feature in After Effects any more to do your encoding. You can just have the Media Encoder do it for you. Again, it's very simple. Go to File, choose Add After Effects Composition, browse to your composition. Here, you see I can probably choose another one, there we go, water and leaves, OK. And add that to the list. And notice I've added that to the list while the encode is happening. This is fantastic because it means that I can just queue things up as I'm working. Just carry on going inside of After Effects so that's sending work from After Effects CS6 to the Adobe Media Encoder.
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