Join Jan Ozer for an in-depth discussion in this video Watch folders, part of Learning Adobe Media Encoder (2011).
In this tutorial, you'll learn what a Watch Folder is, what it's good for, how to create one, and how to configure the format in preset. A Watch Folder is a folder on your computer that's associated with an output preset, and they all live in the Adobe Media Encoder in the Watch Folder queue. Let's choose a Watch Folder, right-click, and choose Reveal Watch Folder. And this is the Watch Folder file I've got set up on my desktop. And, this is the format and preset associated with that Watch Folder.
Once I drop a file into the Watch Folder, so let me open this up. I'll drop a file into the Watch Folder, so long as this is selected. In a moment, you'll see that file start to encode in the current encoding queue. And let's see what happens to the Watch Folder. So here's the Watch Folder, here's the Source File. You see two folders automatically created by Adobe Media Creator. Once you create a watch folder, one is the output folder and one's the source folder.
So, if we click the Source Folder, and this is the date stamp. And here's the file we just input. So, what Adobe Media Encoder does is move the file out of the Watch Folder, and put it into a separate subfolder in the source folder. And then, output files are just put in the Output File folder. So, if we tested this file, we would see that it was encoded to the parameters associated with this format and this preset. What's really cool about Watch Folders, I guess there's a couple of aspects that I get excited about. Number one is, so long as people on a network have access to this particular watch folder.
If you wanted shared network access, you wouldn't put it on your desktop. You'd put it on say an E drive, or some other drive that folks had access to. But anybody on the network, anybody in the work group can drop a file into the Watch File. And Adobe Media Encoder will encode that file, even if that person doesn't have Adobe Media Encoder installed on their system. So, it's a great way to share encoding chores among a bunch of different users, even those with no compression related knowledge at all. If they can drop and drag a file, they can compress a file. And the other thing is, you can setup Watch Folders to encode any number of different files, including setting up a single Watch file to encode a single file to a number of outputs. And we'll look at how to do that in a second.
Let's look right now at how to create a Watch Folder. And you can do that multiple ways. You can choose File, Create Watch Folder, then you would just go to where you wanted to create the Watch Folder. And let's create one here. We've actually got one so, let's call it Watch 2. And then, here's Watch 2. And then, I would just choose the Format and choose the Preset. And let's say, let's say I wanted to use this to create an FLV file.
And let's say, just web 64480. Okay, so I've created the Watch Folder and I've configured the Watch Folder, and that's, you know, pretty simple way to do it. You can do it from the menu as we just saw. You can do it from the Plus button, as we just saw. And the easiest way to do it is to just, from within Windows Explorer or File Manager, you drag the Watch Folder. You may create the folder as normal, and then drag that into the Watch Folder queue.
That's pretty much how I'd do it. How do you configure a Watch Folder to encode to multiple outputs? Let's use, let me clear these to make it to make it easy to see what's going on. So, here's the original Watch Folder that we had in my desktop. Now, suppose I wanted to use this Watch Folder to create five different files, say for adaptive streaming. I would drag it in, drag it in, drag it in, drag it in, and I want to use H.264 format.
So, I just choose all those, change to H.264, and they all switch to H.264. And now, we're going to use the presets to create say three files for iPhone, iPod and two files for iPad. All I do is change the preset to the desired ones. And let me again, let me shut this window to give us more space. Here's the 400 kilobit per second preset at the 800 there, the 1200 here. And these were for the iPhone, iPod, and let me use these for the iPad at say 800. And, getting a bit out of your view here, 1200.
These are five presets I've got associated with a single Watch Folder. Here's the Watch Folder here, and let's drag a file in. If we drag a file into the Watch Folder, and this is selected. Let me open this up. And now, you see the files added to the encoding queue here. And we see the current Encode window showing the first of the encodes that we're doing from that Watch Folder. We've got a single Watch Folder creating five different files, simply by dragging and dropping a single file into that one Watch Folder.
So, that's the skinny on Watch Folders, which can be very useful in work group situations, or when you need to encode a single file into multiple output files.
- Overview of the encoding workflow
- Setting preferences
- Creating, importing, and working with custom presets
- Streaming basics and best practices
- Producing H.264 for Flash, Silverlight, HTML5, and QuickTime
- Using VP6 and WMV
- Producing for optical disc
- Adaptive streaming