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Video Production with Creative Suite 6
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Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects


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Video Production with Creative Suite 6

with Maxim Jago

Video: Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects

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.
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
  2. 14m 1s
    1. Introduction to multi-application post-production
      4m 46s
    2. Dynamic Link vs. round-tripping
      5m 22s
    3. One-way trips and the Edit Original command
      3m 53s
  3. 10m 53s
    1. Improving speech-to-text analysis
      5m 57s
    2. Using breakdown reports
      4m 56s
  4. 13m 16s
    1. Organizing projects with Prelude
      7m 53s
    2. Sharing rough cuts with Premiere Pro
      5m 23s
  5. 21m 10s
    1. Browsing in Bridge
      8m 35s
    2. Batch renaming with Bridge
      7m 26s
    3. Editing metadata with Bridge
      5m 9s
  6. 19m 22s
    1. Preparing images for video in Illustrator
      8m 32s
    2. Using Illustrator files in After Effects
      6m 27s
    3. Using Illustrator files with the Premiere Pro Title tool
      4m 23s
  7. 24m 38s
    1. Preparing images for video in Photoshop
      7m 52s
    2. Working with Photoshop files in After Effects
      10m 11s
    3. Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
      6m 35s
  8. 27m 52s
    1. Creating audio for video with Audition
      11m 45s
    2. Sending work from Premiere Pro to Audition
      6m 32s
    3. Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
      9m 35s
  9. 31m 19s
    1. Preparing content for Premiere Pro in After Effects
      7m 54s
    2. Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
      3m 36s
    3. Sending work from Premiere Pro to After Effects
      11m 14s
    4. Sending work from After Effects to Premiere Pro
      8m 35s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Outputting pregraded shots for the edit from SpeedGrade
      5m 40s
    2. Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
      8m 59s
  11. 7m 31s
    1. Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
      7m 31s
  12. 10m 13s
    1. Sending work from Premiere Pro to the Media Encoder
      7m 12s
    2. Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects
      3m 1s

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Video Production with Creative Suite 6
3h 16m Beginner Sep 24, 2012

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One of the great strengths of the Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium 6 is the seamless integration between the various applications. Even so, the best-practice approach to sharing media and creative work between applications remains mysterious to many users. In this course filmmaker and author Maxim Jago breaks everything down into simple, clear steps, offering guidance on project and file management and examples that demonstrate the best use of the technology. If you use Adobe Creative Suite CS6 for video post-production, this course can make your work faster, easier, and more efficient.

Topics include:
  • Improving speech-to-text analysis with Story
  • Organizing projects in Prelude
  • Batch renaming with Bridge
  • Preparing images for video in Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
  • Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
  • Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
  • Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
  • Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
  • Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Motion Graphics video2brain
Software:
After Effects Premiere Pro
Author:
Maxim Jago

Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects

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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