Want to have a fast and easy way to render out video files without hunting for presets and settings? This is where Adobe Media Encoder’s Watch Folders comes into play. How do watch folders work? In this movie, author Luisa Winters demonstrates how to use watch folders when rendering video files from Media Encoder.
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- Watch folders are a way that we have to create a macro that we can use whenever we need to. A watch folder is a smart folder that will tell the Adobe Media Encoder to perform a task as soon as a clip gets dropped inside of the folder. The encoding will begin immediately. Let's go ahead and open the Adobe Media Encoder directly. In here on the bottom right hand size, you're gonna see the watch folders section. Let's go ahead and create a watch folder.
For that, all I have to do is click on the plus sign. But notice this hear, to add a watch folder, drag a folder here or click the add folder button. I could also have a pre-made folder that I can just drag in here, and it'll turn into a watch folder. For now, however, let's just click on the plus sign. I'm gonna navigate to the desktop, and I'm going to create a new folder in here. So I'll right click, new folder, and I'm gonna call it Watch Compression.
And this is gonna be my watch folder. Now, all I have to do is single click it, chose select folder, and it appears in here. From this drop down, I can chose the format, and then I can chose the preset. I'm gonna choose H264. And for the preset, I'm gonna chose Luisa-YouTube2. Now, notice that this checkbox is already checked, and this is the auto-encode watch folders. Now I'm going to navigate directly to the desktop.
And in here, I have my watch folder, and I have my exercise files. I'm gonna grab my exercise files, the video, and I'm gonna grab this one here, and drag it to the watch folder. Now, I'm gonna go back to the Adobe Media Encoder. Now, because it's in the watch folder, this is going to start encoding automatically, even though I'm not clicking anywhere. There you go. If there is a delay, it's because the system checks on the folder periodically.
Maybe it just hasn't checked it yet. But trust me, if you wait long enough, one, two minutes, it's going to check, and the encoding is going to start. Now, notice in here that we have the path for an output folder. You don't have to set anything in here. In fact, I didn't. What happened was the Adobe Media Encoder created an output folder for me automatically. Once this finishes, I'm going to show you where the original file went, and where the output went.
And for that, we're gonna have to go to either Finder on the Mac, or Explorer on Windows. And there it is. It's done. Let's go ahead and navigate to where these files were saved. Notice that I have now two folders in here. I didn't create either one of them. All I did was create the watch compression folder, and then I set it as a watch folder. The source, when inside of the source folder with the date and the output, went into the output folder.
This is an easy way that you have to automate that task. Like if you always transcode clips from a particular camera to whatever setting, you could do this automatically. Simply by dropping the clips in that folder.
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