Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Send sequences for compression, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] When you're ready to export your file, it's possible you'll just go to the File menu, use Output, and Export to File, and use the standard export options. It's also possible you'll want to send your sequence to an encoding application, like Sorenson Squeeze or perhaps Adobe Media Encoder. If you want to send your sequence to an application like that, it's a slightly different workflow. Instead of having the Timeline window active, you need to select your sequence in a bin, and then you can go to File and Output and Send To, and you'll find that there are a number of presets built in.
Here under "Encoding," for example, we've got Sorenson Squeeze. I'm going to make a new Send To option here, and let's see how this works. First of all, I have a file name. This is actually a preset name, so I'm going to call this "Send to... ...Adobe Media Encoder." Since we have that on this machine as well, we might as well choose it. We've got a destination directory, and if I click Set, you can see I can specify a default output directory for the files that are created.
This isn't critically important, but I suppose you might want to choose somewhere like your Documents folder, somewhere that's easy to find. Then we have the option to auto launch an application. It's not critical that you enable this option, because you can always import the file that's created by Media Composer manually. But just to show how this works, you can choose Auto Launch and select an app. If I choose Add Item and browse to my Applications...
...here on Mac OS--this would be the Program Files on Windows-- I can choose any application I like. For now, though, I'm happy with Media Encoder, so let's just choose that application. You'll have similar options on Windows. There it is. And as well as auto launching the application, we can auto load the exported files. That seems a pretty obvious idea, to me. Plus we can reveal the exported files, and that's a pretty good idea too.
And then we've got our Export Setting, and usually if you're going to send your work to an encoding application like Sorenson or Media Encoder, you'll use a QuickTime reference. And that's a kind of intermediary QuickTime file that links to the original media Media Composer is using. So it's very quick to produce the file. You can specify the options, of course, just as if you were creating any newly generated media. So I suppose, in principle, you could use these options to make an animation codec QuickTime movie, or even to produce audio.
I'll just cancel this for now. You can have a second export setting, as well, and I suppose this would be useful if you do want to have video in one file and audio in another. Still, if you're happy with these settings, you can choose Save As Template. And you'll notice this actually brings up a Save As dialogue and invites us to store an .STT file, a Send To Template... ...in our Other Templates directory. This will come up on Windows exactly the same way.
It's in the Applications Support folder for Avid. I'll call this "send to AME"... ...and click "save." And for now I'll just cancel, go back to the bin, and select the sequence, then go up to File, Output, Send To, and there's our Send To AME option. I perhaps ought to have put some capital letters in there, but you can see it. Notice the destination that I specified before.
I can change this destination easily, but I'm happy enough with this. I won't include this file in the downloadable files because you can always just generate another one, but I'll click OK and let's see what happens. Now, Media Composer has given me an error, but it's also given me the option to continue, so I'm going to click Continue and OK, and let's take a look at our console in Media Composer. I'm going to Tools and I'm choosing Console, and here we go.
QuickTime reference exports cannot be performed on clips linked via AME, or on sequences containing media linked via AME. This is a very useful feature in Media Composer that you can bring up the console and see all of the errors that have come up perhaps in the background or while you've been working in the system. It can be a little frightening, though, because there's quite a lot going on behind the scenes in Media Composer. But here we can see a limitation of this feature. I'll just close the console.
All of the media I've been showing you in this project is linked media. That's what used to be referred to by Avid as AME, and what we're seeing in that entry in the console is a reminder of that old terminology. So if I wanted to Send To instead of exporting a file, which I know I can do, I'd need to go to my bins and transcode my media, which I can do by selecting the clips, I'm using the Shift key here, right-clicking and using Consolidate Transcode, or I could select my sequence in the bin.
I'll just go back in here and do the same thing. And in this menu, I can selectively transcode all of the clips that are used in my sequence from linked media to ingested media in my Avid media files folder. And then that Send To functionality will work. I'll do that now. I'm going to select the drive. I'm happy with DNXHD 60, I'm going to create a new sequence, I'll transcode everything, although I only really need to worry about the linked media.
I might as well convert this to the project frame rate, and I'm happy with all the other settings. I'm going to click Transcode. This is pretty quick, and you can see Media Composer has created new copies of the media in my sequences bin, because that's where the sequence was, so I'll make a new bin called "Transcoded Media"... ...and I'll select these clips with the Shift key and drag them over to that bin, just to keep things tidy.
And here's my Mixdown Complete Transcoded sequence. It looks pretty similar. Now, let's try this again. I've selected the sequence in the bin, File > Output > Send To > Send to AME. I'm happy with that location, and I'm clicking OK. Media Composer took a few moments to create a mixdown there, because it was necessary to render the visual effects before sending the content over to Adobe Media Encoder. Now, if I bring up the Media Encoder application, we can see there's our transcoded media, ready for us to export.
I can choose new settings, and we're ready to go. I'll just click that for now. And that's how you specify your new Send To operations, and you can use that to batch export, if you want multiple items, clips, and sequences to encode them.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics