Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Adobe Media Encoder user interface changes, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
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In this video, we'll take a look at the user interface improvements in Adobe Media Encoder CS6. The most obvious change is that Adobe Media Encoder now has a configurable panel based user interface similar to that in After Effects and Premier Pro. The panels include the Key panel, the Encoding panel, the Watch Folders panel and the New Preset Browser panel. To resize the panel, drag the dividing line between two panels. To reposition a panel, drag it by the tab, and drop it either alongside another panel, or in this rectangular region in the center, to stack the two panels one on top of the other. You can switch between two docked panels by clicking on their tabs. To save a workspace, go to Window > Workspaces > New Workspace, and give it a title.
I'll call this one Watch folder (inaudible) To temporarily maximize a panel press the Accent key. The Accent key is the key above the Tab key and below the Escape key on a standard US keyboard. Pressing the Accent key maximizes the panel under the mouse pointer in this case the Encoding panel. Press the Accent key again to return everything to it's normal size. If instead of maximizing the panel that's under the mouse pointer, you want to maximize the selected or active panel, press Shift+Accent.
So if I place the mouse pointer over the Watch Folders panel and press Shift+Accent it's the Encoding panel then selected or active panel that is maximized. Press Shift+Accent again to return everything to its normal size. Adobe Media Encoder now has a keyboard shortcuts dialog box. Go to Edit > Keyboard shortcuts. In this dialog box, we can find the keyboard shortcut associated with any command and we can modify keyboard shortcuts. To find the keyword shortcut associated with the command, go to the search field and begin typing the name of the command. If I type Add, the commands are filtered to show us only the commands that include Add in their name.
Notice that not every command already has a keyboard shortcut. Let's add a keyboard shortcut for Add Premier Pro sequence. Click in the empty area in the shortcut column. And press the key or keys that you want to associate with this command. I'll use Ctrl+Shift+R, to go back to showing all keyboard shortcuts. Clear the search field by clicking the X. Click the triangle next to work space, to show all of the commands in the workspace category. And let's add a keyboard shortcut to reset work space.
Again, click in the empty area in the shortcut column. And I'll use the same keyboard shortcut that we used previously, just to show what Adobe Media Encoder does in the case of a conflict. Ctrl+Shift+R, and notice, Adobe Media Encoder tells us that there was a conflict. And that it removed the keyboard shortcut from the previous command and added it to the current command. We can click the, Go To Conflict button to see that add Premiere Pro sequence has had its keyboard shortcut removed, and now we can add a new one. I'll use Ctrl+Shift+P.
Notice that in the Keyboard Layout Presets menu, it's now showing Custom. We can switch back to the default set by clicking Default set. And I will choose to not save the customized keyboard shortcuts. If at any point, you want to save the keyboard shortcuts to a text file, you can copy the shortcuts to the clipboard by clicking Copy To Clipboard. And then you can paste the keyboard shortcuts into a Text Editor. I'll press Alt tab in Windows to switch to my Text editor.
I can then press Ctrl+V or Cmd+V on Mac OS to paste. And here, we have a text file that includes all of our keyboard shortcuts. I'll press Alt tab, switch back to Adobe Media Encoder, and click OK to exit the keyboard shortcuts dialog box. The Preset menu is a new menu that includes commands for working with encoding presets. I find that rather than using this menu I can use, the Context menus in the preset browser, to accomplish the same tasks. If you right-click, or Ctrl click, you get all of the same commands in the Preset menu, plus a few more.
So, that's quick tour of the user interface improvements, in Adobe Media Encoder CS6. These changes should make it so you can customize Adobe Media Encoder to suit your workflow, and get your work done faster.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features