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What's new
What's New in Adobe Media Encoder CS6
Queue and Watch Folders: Independent handling of source and output
Preset browser
Import and export presets
Improved scaling of source frames
Creating custom workspaces
Workflow enhancements
Changes to exporters
Keyboard shortcuts
New keyboard shortcuts in CS6
Queue and Watch Folders: Independent handling of source and output
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Source and output are now handled independent of each other. This independent handling allows a given source to be configured with multiple
outputs. Among the advantages, Adobe Media Encoder can simultaneously encode multiple outputs of a given source. Compared to individually
encoding each output, simultaneous encoding is faster.
Preset browser
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The new Preset Browser provides you with options that help streamline your workflow in Adobe Media Encoder.
System presets in the browser are organized as categories based on their use (such as Broadcast, Web Video) and device destination (such as
DVD, Blu-ray, Camera, Tablet). You can modify these presets to create custom presets, also called User Presets.
In the Preset Browser, you can quickly find a preset using search, or using the enhanced navigation provided by the collapsible folder structure.
User presets, preset groups, and aliases
You can modify system presets to create user presets. You can organize user presets in separate folders called as preset groups. Preset groups
allow you to apply multiple presets to a source in a single step.
Aliases allow you to create multiple instances of a preset for use in multiple preset groups.
For example, if you want a preset to exist in more than one preset group, create aliases to the preset instead of duplicating it. Then, add the aliases
to other preset groups. When you edit the preset, the changes are applied to all its aliases.
Managing Presets
To manage presets, use the Preset menu or the options in The Preset Browser (Window>Preset Browser). You can also right-click a preset in the
Preset Browser to view the context menu for the available options.
The Preset Browser
A. User preset B. Alias created to a preset C. Preset group D. Create new preset E. Delete preset F. Create new preset group G. Preset
settings H. Import presets I. Export presets J. Search for presets
Create presets, preset groups, and aliases
Preset Groups can contain user presets, aliases to presets, or other preset groups.
Select Preset > Create Preset to create a preset.
Select Preset > Create Group to create a preset group.
To create a preset alias, right-click the preset in the Preset Browser, and select Create Alias.
To quickly create an alias to a system preset, drag the system preset to the User Presets and Groups section.
To quickly create an alias to a user preset, Alt -drag (Win) or Opt - drag (Mac OS) the user preset to a preset group.
Modify user presets
To rename a preset, click the name of a selected preset. Type a name for the preset and press Enter. Alternatively, select
Preset > Rename to rename a preset.
To modify preset settings, select a preset, and select Preset > Settings.
To delete a preset, select the preset and press Delete. Alternatively, select Preset > Delete.
Note: Only user presets can be edited. Changes to system presets can be saved as new user presets by clicking the Save A Copy button in the
Preset Settings dialog.
Apply presets or preset groups to the Queue
To apply presets to sources in the Queue, do one of the following:
Drag presets, preset groups, or aliases from the Preset Browser and drop them on sources or outputs in the Queue.
Dropping a preset on a source adds an output to the source.
Dropping a preset on an existing output replaces the settings of the output with the settings of the preset.
To add an output to the source, drag a source from the Queue to a preset, preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
To replace the settings of the output with the settings of the preset, drag an output from the Queue to a preset, preset group, or
alias in the Preset Browser.
Select a source in the Queue and double-click a preset, preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
Select a source in the Queue. Select presets, preset groups, or aliases selected in the Preset Browser. Click Apply Preset.
Apply presets or preset groups to Watch Folders
To apply presets to watch folders in the Watch Folders panel, do one of the following:
Drag presets, preset groups, or aliases from the Preset Browser and drop them on watch folders or outputs in the Watch
Folders panel.
Dropping presets on a watch folder adds new outputs to the watch folder.
Dropping presets on an existing output replaces the settings of the output with the settings of the preset.
To add an ouput to the watch folder, drag a watch folder from the Watch Folders panel to a preset, preset group, or alias in the
Preset Browser.
To replace the settings of the output with the settings of the preset, drag an output from the Watch Folders panel to a preset,
preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
Select a watch folder in the Watch Folders panel. Alt + double-click (Win) or Opt + double-click (Mac) a preset,
preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
Select a watch folder in the Watch Folders panel. Select presets, preset groups, or aliases in the Preset Browser. Alt +
click (Win) or Opt + click (Mac) the Apply Preset button.
Apply presets to Premiere Pro sequences, After Effects compositions, and media assets
during import
Apply presets to Adobe Premiere Pro sequences
Drag a sequence from the Project panel of an open Adobe Premiere Pro project and drop it on a preset, alias, or preset group in the Preset
Browser.
Note: This procedure is the only way to add multiple presets to Adobe Premiere Pro sequences in a single step. The Export Settings dialog in
Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to apply single presets when exporting sequences to Adobe Media Encoder.
Apply presets to After Effects compositions
Drag a composition from the Project panel of an open After Effects project to a preset, preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
Apply presets to video and audio assets
Drag video and audio assets from Finder or Windows Explorer and drop them on a preset, preset group, or alias in the Preset Browser.
Important considerations when applying presets
Dropping a single preset on an output replaces the output. The new outputs inherit the output path, output name, and source
range settings from the targeted output
Dropping a single preset on a source adds an output.
Dropping a preset group (or multiple selected presets) on an output adds outputs. The new outputs inherit the output path,
output name, and source range settings from the targeted output.
Dropping a preset group (or multiple selected presets) on a source adds outputs. Settings such as output path from existing
outputs are not inherited.
Import and export presets
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Presets can be imported and exported as EPR files. EPR files are saved in the XML format.
Select Preset > Import to import EPR files. Imported presets appear in the User Presets and Groups section.
Select Preset > Export to export selected presets as EPR files.
Note: You can also drag-and-drop EPR files on an existing preset in the Preset Browser to import them.
Show the location of a preset in Finder or Explorer
Right-click the preset in the Preset Browser and select Reveal Preset File.
Quickly find a preset in the browser
As you type in the search field
results.
, the Preset Browser filters the preset list to match your search string. All columns are scanned for matching
Improved scaling of source frames
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Source Scaling options
In Adobe Media Encoder CS6, it is not necessary that you enable a crop before using this option. Also, this setting is available for any output
format with editable frame dimensions.
Use the options in the Source Scaling menu of the Export Settings dialog for better scaling of source frames within output frames of a different
size.
Scale To Fit Scales the source frame to fit within the output frame while maintaining pixel aspect ratio of the source. Source frames are letterboxed or pillar-boxed within the output frame as necessary.
Scale To Fill Scales the source frame to completely fill the output frame while cropping the source frame as necessary. Pixel aspect ratio of the
source frame is maintained.
Stretch To Fill Resizes the source frame to completely fill the output frame. Pixel aspect ratio of the source is not maintained.
Scale To Fit With Black Borders Source frame, including the cropped area, is fit within the output frame. Pixel aspect ratio is maintained.
Note: This option is the same as the Black Borders option in the Crop Settings menu of Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5.
Change Output Size To Match Source Overrides the output frame size settings to match the crop settings of the source.
Note: This option is the same as Change Output Size in the Crop Settings menu of Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5.
Creating custom workspaces
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In the new interface, you can group panels as tabs in a single frame or float them as separate panels.
1. Move the panels by clicking them and dragging them around. To group panels, drag the panel to the topmost section of
another panel. Release the mouse when a purple patch appears in the center of the host panel.
2. After you customize the workspace to your requirements, select Window > Workspace > New Workspace to create a custom
workspace.
The new Workspace is added to the Workspace menu. You can now use the options in the Window > Workspace menu to switch workspaces.
Workflow enhancements
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Sources are still encoded in sequence, but all outputs of a source are now encoded in parallel. To disable parallel encoding,
select Edit > Preferences, and deselect Enable Parallel Encoding.
For multiple outputs, the Encoding panel displays a thumbnail preview, progress bar, and the completion time estimate of each
encoding output
In certain cases, export settings require an output to encode in serial rather than in parallel mode. In such cases, the queue
returns to parallel encoding after temporary serial encoding is complete.
A. Add Source B. Add Output C. Remove Source/Output D. Duplicate
You can associate multiple outputs with a source. Each output can have a different format, preset, and output file location
assigned to it.
You can reorder outputs in the output list. However, you cannot move them to other sources.
Clicking the output file path opens the folder containing the encoded file. Previous to encoding, however, the Save As dialog
appears.
To change the output path and filename, click the Output File link for that output.
To access an encoded file, click the Output File link for that output
Use the Add Output button to quickly add an output to a source.
Both sources and outputs can be duplicated. A duplicated source uses all the outputs from the original source.
Changes to exporters
For better performance, the following exporters have been updated for this release:
AAC Audio ("Audio Only" in previous versions)
H.264
H.264 Blu-ray
MPEG4
Windows Media (Windows only)
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For compatibility reasons, older versions of the following CS5.5 exporters have been included in CS6:
H.264 (Legacy) Dolby Digital Surcode audio encoding is not available in the new exporter.
H.264 Blu-ray (Legacy) Preserves support for Match Source presets and Surcode for Dolby.
MPEG4 (Legacy)
Presets created in previous versions of Adobe Media Encoder can be imported into Adobe Media Encoder CS6. However, presets for H.264 and
H.264 Blu-ray apply only to legacy exporters. Presets for the Audio Only or Windows Media exporters from previous versions cannot be imported.
Change render settings for an After Effects composition
Adobe Media Encoder CS6 allows you to modify the Guide Layers render setting for an After Effects composition. To enable or disable guide layer
visibility, select an After Effects comp source, and select File > Source Settings.
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Keyboard shortcuts
Result
Windows
Mac OS
Add item to queue
Ctrl+I
Cmd+I
Start/pause queue
Enter
Return
Stop queue
Esc
Esc
Open Preferences dialog
Ctrl+,(comma)
Cmd+,(comma)
Save queue
Ctrl+S
Cmd+S
Quit
Ctrl+Q
Cmd+Q
Duplicate selected items
Ctrl+D
Cmd+D
Select all items in current list
Ctrl+A
Cmd+A
Open the Export Settings dialog
Ctrl+E
Cmd+E
Undo
Ctrl+Z
Cmd+Z
Redo
Ctrl+Y
Cmd+Y
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F1
F1
Result
Windows
Mac OS
Moves playhead one frame earlier/later
Left/Right arrows
Left/Right arrows
Move playhead to the start/end frame
Home/End
Home/End
Set source range In Point to playhead's
current position
I
I
Set source range Out Point to playhead's
current position
O
O
Move playhead to the In Point
Q
Q
Move playhead to the Out Point
W
W
Zooms in frame preview
Ctrl++(plus)
Cmd++(plus)
Zooms out frame preview
Ctrl+-(minus)
Cmd+-(minus)
Exports preset as an EPR file
Alt+click Save Preset button
Opt+click Save Preset button
Export Settings dialog
New keyboard shortcuts in CS6
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Customize keyboard shortcuts
Select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows) or Application > Keyboard Shortcuts (Mac OS) to customize keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Media
Encoder CS6.
For example, to change the keyboard shortcut for the cut operation from Ctrl+x to Ctrl+t, do the following:
1. Select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
2. In the Keyboard Shortcuts panel, expand the Edit menu by clicking it.
3. Select Cut.
4. Click
next to Ctrl+x to delete the existing command.
5. Click Add.
6. Press Ctrl+t.
7. Click OK.
File menu
Result
Add watch folder
Windows
Mac OS
Ctrl+Alt+I
Cmd+Opt+I
Stop current item
Ctrl+ - (minus sign)
Show log
Ctrl+L
Ctrl+L
Show errors
Ctrl+Alt+L
Cmd+Opt+L
Result
Windows
Mac OS
Redo
Ctrl+Shift+Z
Cmd+Shift+Z
Reset status
Ctrl+ . (period)
Cmd+.(period)
Skip selection
Ctrl+Shift+. (period)
Cmd+Shift+.(period)
Show errors
Ctrl+Alt+L
Cmd+Opt+L
Open Keyboard Shortcuts dialog
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K
Cmd+Opt+Shift+K
Windows
Mac OS
Ctrl+Alt+E
Cmd+Opt+E
Cmd+ - (minus sign)
Edit menu
Preset menu
Result
Open Preset Settings dialog
Apply to queue
Ctrl+U
Apply to watch folders
Ctrl+Alt+U
Create preset
Create preset group
Create alias to preset
Rename user preset or preset group
Cmd+U
Cmd+Opt+U
Ctrl+N
Cmd+N
Ctrl+G
Cmd+G
Ctrl+B
Cmd+B
Ctrl+R
Cmd+R
Windows
Mac OS
Ctrl+1
Cmd+1
Window menu
Result
Queue panel
Encoding panel
Ctrl+2
Watch folders panel
Ctrl+3
Cmd+2
Cmd+3
Preset browser
Ctrl+4
Cmd+4
Windows
Mac OS
Ctrl+W
Cmd+W
Main user interface
Result
Close the current panel
Maximize/Restore the panel under the
pointer cursor
` (backtick sign under tilde)
Maximize or restore current panel
Shift+` (bactick sign under tilde)
Maximize/Restore panel under the pointer
cursor (non-English keyboards)
<
<
Shift+ <
Shift+ <
Up and Down Arrows
Up and Down Arrows
Maximize or restore current panel (nonEnglish keyboards)
Select previous/next item in list
` (backtick sign under tilde)
Shift+` (bactick sign under tilde)
Add previous/next item in list to current
selection
Shift + Up/Down Arrows
Select previous/next item in list. If a folder
is selected, Right Arrow opens the folder
and Left Arrow closes it.
Right and Left Arrows
Right and Left Arrows
Add previous/next item in list to current
selection. If a folder is selected, Right
Arrow opens folder and Left Arrow closes
it.
Shift+Right and Left Arrows
Shift+Right and Left Arrows
Shift + Up/Down Arrows
Export Settings dialog
Numeric field with whole numbers (ex. Frame Width setting):
Result
Windows
Increase or decrease current value by 1
Up and Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by 10
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by 10
Ctrl+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by 100
Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Mac OS
Up and Down Arrows
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Cmd+Up/Down Arrows
Cmd+Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Bit rate field in Mbps:
Result
Windows
Increase or decrease current value by 1
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by .1
Up and Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by .01
Ctrl+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by
.001
Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down Arrows
Mac OS
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Up and Down Arrows
Cmd+Up/Down Arrows
Cmd+Opt+Up/Down Arrows
Bit rate field in Kbps:
Result
Windows
Increase or decrease current value by 10
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by 1
Up and Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by .1
Ctrl+Up/Down Arrows
Increase or decrease current value by .01
Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down Arrows
Mac OS
Shift+Up/Down Arrows
Up and Down Arrows
Cmd+Up/Down Arrows
Cmd+Opt+Up/Down Arrows
Keyboard Shortcuts dialog
Result
Windows
Mac OS
Expand/Collapse all categories in dialog
Alt+Click Category heading
Opt+Click Category heading
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Encoding quick start and basics
Encoding quick start
To encode a video or audio item, add it to the encoding queue in Adobe Media Encoder, and then select encoding presets or custom settings. You
can instruct the application to start encoding after you add an item to the queue, or you can tell it to wait until you decide to start encoding.
Add an item to the encoding queue
Drag video or audio files into the queue in Adobe Media Encoder.
For more information, see Add and manage items in the encoding queue. For a list of supported video and audio items, see File formats supported
for import.
Encode the item using presets
Select formats and presets from the Format and Presets pop-up menus with the item in the queue.
For more information, see Encode using presets.
Encode the item using custom settings
Select the item and select Edit > Export Settings, and then choose your settings.
For more information, see Encode using custom settings.
Start the encoding
Click the Start Queue button. In CS5.5 and later, click the triangle button on the upper right side of the window.
To start encoding items in the queue automatically (or to turn off the feature), select or deselect the Start Queue Automatically When Idle For
option in the Preferences dialog box. For more information, see Preferences.
Video2Brain provides a video demonstration of what’s new and changed in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5
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Add and manage items in the encoding queue
Import items into the encoding queue
Interpret items in the encoding queue
Add a watch folder to the encoding queue
Save the encoding queue
Remove items from the encoding queue
Duplicate items in the encoding queue
Skip items in the encoding queue
In Adobe Media Encoder, you add source video or audio files, Adobe Premiere Pro sequences, and Adobe After Effects compositions to a queue
of items to encode.
For a tour of the user interface, along with tips on importing items and using watch folders, see this video by Jan Ozer.
Import items into the encoding queue
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To add video or audio files, drag one more files into the queue, or click the Add button and choose one or more files.
Additionally, in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can double click an open area in the Queue panel and choose one
or more files.
To add an Adobe Premiere Pro sequence, choose File > Add Premiere Pro Sequence, select a Premiere Pro project, and
select a sequence from that project. You can also drag a Premiere Pro project into the queue. A dialog box launches, so that
you can select a particular sequence. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can drag and drop a sequence from the
Project panel in Adobe Premiere Pro into the queue.
To add an Adobe After Effects composition, choose File > Add After Effects Composition, select an After Effects project, and
select a composition from that project. You can also drag an After Effects project into the queue. A dialog box launches, so that
you can select a particular composition. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can drag and drop a composition from
the Project panel in Adobe After Effects into the queue.
To add an image sequence (CS5.5 and later), choose File > Add. In the Open dialog box, choose the first file of the image
sequence. Check the enable checkbox for your file type, and then click the Open button.
Stop encoding the current item
Choose File > Stop Current File, or click the Stop Queue button.
Interpret items in the encoding queue
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When Adobe Media Encoder imports a video asset, it attempts to determine the pixel aspect ratio, frame rate, and field order for that asset, as well
as how to interpret the alpha channel (transparency) information. If Adobe Media Encoder is wrong about any of these characteristics, you can
explicitly assign the correct interpretation.
1. Select one or more items in the encoding queue.
2. Choose File > Interpret Footage. You can also right click on the file and choose > Interpret Footage
3. Choose the appropriate interpretation settings.
Add a watch folder to the encoding queue
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You can configure Adobe Media Encoder to look for files in certain folders called watch folders. When Adobe Media Encoder finds a video or
audio file in a watch folder, it encodes the file using the encoding settings assigned to the folder, and then exports the encoded file to an Output
folder created inside the watch folder.
1. Choose File > Create Watch Folder.
2. Select the target folder, and click OK.
3. Choose a format and preset from the menus in the encoding queue next to the folder name.
The items added to the encoding queue by the watch folder will be encoded along with other items in the queue when you start the queue.
Note: If you have the “start queue automatically when idle for” preference selected, encoding begins when the specified amount of time has
elapsed after the watch folder has added a new item to the encoding queue.
Watch folders in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later
In Adobe Media Encoder 5.5, the new Watch Folders panel can be used to add and manage folders. You can add a watch folder by doing one of
the following:
Choose File > Create Watch Folder.
Click the Add Folder button.
Double-click an empty area in the Watch Folders panel.
Create a folder from Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS), and then drag it to the Watch Folders panel.
After you create a watch folder in the Watch Folders panel, you can see its name in the left column.
Leave the Auto-Encode Watch Folders checkbox enabled to encode all the items in a watch folder automatically.
Create output in multiple formats from a single source item using watch folders
In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can generate multiple outputs with a single operation by using watch folders. For example, you want
to generate a FLV, an AVI movie, and a JPEG thumbnail image whenever you transcode a video asset. Follow these steps to create these files
with a single user operation:
1. Create a folder using Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Macintosh) called, “My_WatchFolder,” for example.
In Adobe Media Encoder, you will be making 3 Watch Folders (inside “My_WatchFolder”), where each one points to the same
location on disk.
2. Create a new watch folder by clicking the Add Folder button, and then navigate to the folder you just made, “My_Watchfolder.”
a. Select “FLV” as the format from the Format menu.
b. Select a preset from the Preset Menu, and then click OK.
c. Click on “Output To.” Select a location where you would like the result to be generated.
3. Create a new Watch Folder item that also points to the folder “My_Watchfolder,” just like you created in Step 2.
a. Select “AVI” as the format from the Format menu.
b. Select a preset from the Preset Menu, and then click OK.
c. Click on “Output To.” Select a location where you would like the result to be generated.
4. Create a new Watch Folder item that also points to the folder “My_Watchfolder,” just like you created in Step 2 and Step 3.
a. Select “JPEG” as the format from the Format menu.
b. Select a preset from the Preset Menu, and then click OK.
c. Click on “Output To.” Select a location where you would like the result to be generated.
5. Drag and drop the source file into “My_WatchFolder,” and then click the Start Queue button. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5
and later, the encoding process begins automatically if Auto-Encode Watch Folders is enabled.
When complete, each file will be in its expected output locations.
Note: When using Watch Folders, note these limitations:
Still Image Sequences are not supported as source footage through Watch Folders. If a set of still images is placed in the
folder being watched, each individual still file will be added as a separate item to the Queue rather than than the entire
sequence as a single piece of footage.
Premiere Pro and After Effects project files are not recognized, as there is no mechanism to select an individual Premiere Pro
sequence or After Effects composition from inside the project file.
Save the encoding queue
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The encoding queue and all encoding settings are saved automatically when you exit Adobe Media Encoder.
To manually save the encoding queue, choose File > Save Queue.
Remove items from the encoding queue
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1. Select the item, or items that you want to remove from the encoding queue.
2. Click the Remove button, choose Edit > Remove, or press the Delete key. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can
click the Remove button, as well.
Duplicate items in the encoding queue
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1. Select the item, or items that you want to duplicate in the encoding queue.
2. Click the Duplicate button, choose Edit > Duplicate, or press Ctrl-D (Windows), or Command-D (Mac OS). In Adobe Media
Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can click the “Duplicate” button, or right-click the file and choose > Duplicate, as well.
Skip items in the encoding queue
Skip items
1. Select the item, or items that you want to skip in the encoding queue.
2. Choose Edit > Skip Selection. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can also right-click the file and choose > Skip
Selection.
Reset a skipped file for encoding
1. Select the items in the encoding queue that you want to reset to the Waiting state.
2. Choose Edit > Reset Status. In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can also right-click the file and choose > Reset
Status.
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Working with log files
Encoding log file
Error log file
Encoding log file
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The encoding log file is a plain-text file that contains a record of all files encoded, whether successfully completed or not. The encoding status of
each file you encode is appended to the end of the file (placing the newest entry at the end of the file). The log file adds entries until you manually
clear them. To clear log file entries, open the file in a text editor, select all of the entries, delete them, and save the empty file using the default
filename (AMEEncodingLog.txt).
The log file is stored in the following location:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Media Encoder\5.0\AMEEncodingLog.txt
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Media Encoder\5.0\AMEEncodingLog.txt
Mac OS: Macintosh HD/Users/[user]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Media Encoder/5.0/AMEEncodingLog.txt
To view the log file, choose File > Show Log.
There are two log files:
AMEEncodingLog.txt: for successfully encoded jobs.
AMEEncodingErrorLog.txt: for jobs that failed, or were stopped by the user.
Error log file
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The error log file is stored in the following location:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Media Encoder\5.0\AMEEncodingErrorLog.txt
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Media Encoder\5.0\AMEEncodingErrorLog.txt
Mac OS: Macintosh HD/Users/[user]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Media Encoder/5.0/AMEEncodingErrorLog.txt
To view the error log file, choose File > Show Errors.
Note: In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, log files, and error log files are located in the same location as the Adobe Media Encoder CS5
files.
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Working with custom encoding presets
Create and save a custom preset
Import a preset
Export a preset
Delete custom presets
Choosing a format automatically makes available a list of associated presets designed for particular delivery scenarios. Adobe Media Encoder
uses characteristics of the source item to make its best guess about the best preset to select. You can create and save your own presets, export
them, or import additional ones.
Note: Adobe Technical Support supports only Adobe Media Encoder presets that are included with Adobe applications.
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Create and save a custom preset
1. In the Format menu, select a format.
2. In the Preset menu, select the preset that most closely matches the settings you want, or select Custom.
3. Customize settings in the Export Settings dialog box.
4. Click the Save Preset button
.
5. Type a name for the preset, choose whether to save specific categories of parameters as prompted, and click OK.
Encoding presets are saved to the following location:
Windows: <drive>\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\AME\5.0
Mac OS: <drive>/Users/<user_name>/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Common/AME/5.0
Note: In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, the encoding presets are located in the same location as the Adobe Media Encoder CS5 files.
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Import a preset
1. Click the Import Preset button
.
2. Navigate to the location of the preset, select it, and then click Open.
3. Type a name for the imported preset, specify other options, and then click OK.
You can only import a preset for a given format when that format is selected in the Format menu. For example, If you try to add an MPEG 2 preset,
you will get an error if the format is set to FLV. Change the format to MPEG 2 first to create a new preset.
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Export a preset
1. In the Export Settings dialog box, choose the preset you want to export.
2. Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Save Preset button
.
3. Choose the location to save the preset, name it, and then click Save.
The preset is saved as a file with the filename extension .epr.
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Delete custom presets
1. In the Export Settings dialog box, choose the custom preset you want to delete.
2. Do either of the following:
To delete a single preset, click the Delete Preset button
.
To delete all custom presets, Ctrl+Alt-click (Windows) or Command+Option-click (Mac OS) the Delete Preset button.
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File formats supported for import
Important: The trial version of Adobe Media Encoder CS5 doesn't include some features that depend on third-party software components that
are only included in the full version of Adobe Media Encoder. The import and export of some formats are not supported in the trial version: AVCIntra, AVCHD, HDV, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 DVD, MPEG-2 Blu-ray, and XDCAM. The trial version for Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later does not
have these limitations. It includes all of the items that are included in the full, activated version of Adobe Media Encoder.
Some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, MXF, and FLV—denote container file formats rather than denoting a specific audio, video, or
image data format. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Adobe Media Encoder can import
these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain is dependent on which codecs (specifically, decoders) are installed.
By installing additional codecs, you can extend the ability of Adobe Media Encoder to import additional file types. Many codecs must be installed
into the operating system and work as a component inside the QuickTime or Video for Windows formats. Contact the manufacturer of your
hardware or software for more information about codecs that work with the files that your specific devices or applications create.
Video and animation formats
3GP
Animated GIF (GIF) (Windows only)
DV (in MOV or AVI container, or as a containerless DV stream)
FLV, F4V
Note: The FLV and F4V formats are container formats, each of which is associated with a set of video and audio formats. F4V
files generally contain video data that is encoded using an H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec. FLV files generally
contain video data that is encoded using the On2 VP6 or Sorenson Spark codec and audio data encoded using an MP3 audio
codec. Adobe Media Encoder CS5, and later, can import FLV files using the On2 VP6 video codec, not the Sorenson Spark
codec.
QuickTime movie (MOV; on Windows, requires QuickTime player)
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 formats (MPEG, MPE, MPG, M2V, MPA, MP2, M2A, MPV, M2P, M2T, MTS, AC3, MP4,
M4V, M4A, VOB, 3GP, AVC, h.264)
Note: Several formats associated with specific modern cameras use MPEG-4 encoding. For example, the XDCAM EX format
uses MP4 files, and the AVCHD format uses MTS files.
Media eXchange Format (MXF)
MXF OP1a (in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later)
Note: MXF is a container format. Adobe Media Encoder can only import some kinds of data contained within MXF files. Adobe
Media Encoder can import the Op-Atom variety used by Panasonic cameras using the DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO
HD, and AVC-Intra codecs to record to Panasonic P2 media. Adobe Media Encoder can also import XDCAM HD files in MXF
format.
P2 Movie (MXF)
Netshow (ASF, Windows only)
RED Raw (R3D)
Video for Windows (AVI, WAV; on Mac OS, requires QuickTime Player)
Windows Media (WMV, WMA, ASF; Windows only)
Audio formats
Adobe Sound Document (ASND; multi-track files imported as merged single track)
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, M4A)
Audio Interchange File Format (AIF, AIFF)
QuickTime (MOV; on Windows, requires QuickTime player)
MP3 (MP3, MPEG, MPG, MPA, MPE)
Video for Windows (AVI, WAV; on Mac OS, requires QuickTime Player)
Windows Media Audio (WMA; Windows only)
Waveform (WAV)
Still-image formats
Adobe Illustrator (AI, EPS)
Photoshop (PSD)
Bitmap (DIB, RLE) (Windows only)
Bitmap (BMP)
Cineon/DPX (CIN, DPX)
GIF
Icon File (ICO; Windows only)
JPEG (JPE, JPG, JPEG, JFIF)
PICT (PIC, PCT)
Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Targa (TGA, ICB, VDA, VST)
TIFF (TIF)
Note: In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can import files of any still-image format as a sequence. For more information, see Import
items into the encoding queue.
Project file formats
Adobe Premiere Pro (PRPROJ)
After Effects (AEP, AEPX)
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About video and audio encoding and compression
Temporal compression and spatial compression
Bitrate
Frame rate
Key frames
Image aspect ratio and frame size
Pixel aspect ratio
Interlaced versus noninterlaced video
FLV and F4V video formats for Flash Player
High-definition (HD) video
Recording video and audio to a digital format involves balancing quality with file size and bitrate. Most formats use compression to reduce file size
and bitrate by selectively reducing quality. Compression is essential for reducing the size of movies so that they can be stored, transmitted, and
played back effectively.
When exporting a movie file for playback on a specific type of device at a certain bandwidth, you choose an encoder (codec). Various encoders
use various compression schemes to compress the information. Each encoder has a corresponding decoder that decompresses and interprets the
data for playback.
A wide range of codecs is available; no single codec is best for all situations. For example, the best codec for compressing cartoon animation is
generally not efficient for compressing live-action video.
Compression can be lossless (in which no data is discarded from the image) or lossy (in which data is selectively discarded).
You can control many of the factors that influence compression and other aspects of encoding in the Export Settings dialog box. See Encoding
and exporting.
John Dickinson provides a video tutorial on the Adobe website that demonstrates the use of Adobe Media Encoder with After Effects and Premiere
Pro.
For more information about encoding and compression options, see this FAQ entry: "FAQ: What is the best format for rendering and exporting
from After Effects?"
Temporal compression and spatial compression
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The two general categories of compression for video and audio data are spatial and temporal. Spatial compression is applied to a single frame of
data, independent of any surrounding frames. Spatial compression is often called intraframe compression.
Temporal compression identifies the differences between frames and stores only those differences, so that frames are described based on their
difference from the preceding frame. Unchanged areas are repeated from the previous frames. Temporal compression is often called interframe
compression.
Bitrate
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The bitrate (data rate) affects the quality of a video clip and the audience that can download the file given their bandwidth constraints.
When you deliver video using the Internet, produce files using lower bitrates. Users with fast Internet connections can view the files with little or no
delay, but dial-up users must wait for files to download. If you anticipate an audience of dial-up users, make short video clips to keep the download
times within acceptable limits.
Frame rate
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Video is a sequence of images that appear on the screen in rapid succession, giving the illusion of motion. The number of frames that appear
every second is known as the frame rate, and it is measured in frames per second (fps). The higher the frame rate, the more frames per second
are used to display the sequence of images, resulting in smoother motion. The trade-off for higher quality, however, is that higher frame rates
require a larger amount of data, which uses more bandwidth.
When working with digitally compressed video, the higher the frame rate, the larger the file size. To reduce the file size, lower either the frame rate
or the bitrate. If you lower the bitrate and leave the frame rate unchanged, the image quality is reduced.
Because video looks much better at native frame rates (the frame rate at which the video was originally recorded), Adobe recommends leaving the
frame rate high if your delivery channels and playback platforms allow it. For full-motion NTSC video, use 29.97 fps; for PAL video, use 25 fps. If
you lower the frame rate, Adobe Media Encoder drops frames at a linear rate. However, if you must reduce the frame rate, the best results come
from dividing evenly. For example, if your source has a frame rate of 24 fps, then reduce the frame rate to 12 fps, 8 fps, 6 fps, 4 fps, 3 fps, or 2
fps.
For mobile devices, use the device-specific encoding presets. You can also use Adobe Device Central to determine the appropriate settings for
many specific mobile devices. For information about Device Central, see Device Central Help.
Note: If you are creating a SWF file with embedded video, the frame rate of the video clip and the SWF file must be the same. If you use different
frame rates for the SWF file and the embedded video clip, playback is inconsistent.
Key frames
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Key frames are complete video frames (or images) that are inserted at consistent intervals in a video clip. The frames between the key frames
contain information on changes that occurs between key frames.
Note: Key frames are not the same as keyframes, the markers that define animation properties at specific times.
By default, Adobe Media Encoder automatically determines the key frame interval (key frame distance) to use based on the frame rate of the video
clip. The key frame distance value tells the encoder how often to re-evaluate the video image and record a full frame, or key frame, into a file.
If your footage has a lot of scene changes or rapidly moving motion or animation, then the overall image quality may benefit from a lower key
frame distance. A smaller key frame distance corresponds to a larger output file.
The key frame distance affects the ability of Flash Player to seek (fast-forward or rewind) through an FLV or F4V file. Flash Player can only
advance from key frame to key frame. So, if you want to skip to different places and pause the frames, use a lower key frame distance value.
When you reduce the key frame distance value, raise the bitrate for the video file to maintain comparable image quality.
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As with the frame rate, the frame size for your file is important for producing high-quality video. At a specific bitrate, increasing the frame size
results in decreased video quality.
The image aspect ratio is the ratio of the width of an image to its height. The most common image aspect ratios are 4:3 (standard television), and
16:9 (widescreen and high-definition television).
Pixel aspect ratio
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Most computer graphics use square pixels, which have a width-to-height pixel aspect ratio of 1:1.
In some digital video formats, pixels aren’t square. For example, standard NTSC digital video (DV), has a frame size of 720x480 pixels, and it’s
displayed at an aspect ratio of 4:3. This means that each pixel is non-square, with a pixel aspect ratio (PAR) of 0.91 (a tall, narrow pixel).
Interlaced versus noninterlaced video
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Interlaced video consists of two fields that make up each video frame. Each field contains half the number of horizontal lines in the frame; the
upper field (Field 1) contains all of the odd-numbered lines, and the lower field (Field 2) contains all of the even-numbered lines. An interlaced
video monitor (such as a television) displays each frame by first drawing all of the lines in one field and then drawing all of the lines in the other
field. Field order specifies which field is drawn first. In NTSC video, new fields are drawn to the screen 59.94 times per second, which corresponds
to a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second.
Noninterlaced video frames are not separated into fields. A progressive-scan monitor (such as a computer monitor) displays a noninterlaced video
frame by drawing all of the horizontal lines, from top to bottom, in one pass.
Adobe Media Encoder deinterlaces video before encoding whenever you choose to encode an interlaced source to a noninterlaced output.
FLV and F4V video formats for Flash Player
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The FLV and F4V formats are container formats, each of which is associated with a set of video and audio formats.
F4V files generally contain video data that is encoded using the H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec. These files can be played by Flash
Player 9.0.r115 and later. The H.264 video codec is also referred to as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding). The H.264 video codec provides
higher quality video at lower bitrates than the On2 VP6 video codec.
In addition to the F4V container format, Flash Player 9.0.115.0 and later versions support file formats derived from the standard MPEG-4 container
format. These file formats include MP4, M4A, MOV, MP4V, 3GP, and 3G2, if they contain H.264 video or HE-AAC v2 encoded audio, or both.
FLV files generally contain video data that is encoded using the On2 VP6 or Sorenson Spark codec and audio data encoded using an MP3 audio
codec. These files can be played by Flash Player 8 and later. Adobe Media Encoder CS5 can import and encode FLV files using the On2 VP6
video codec, not the Sorenson Spark codec.
Note: Video encoded with the On2 VP6 codec in an FLV container can contain an 8-bit alpha channel (representing transparency) to enable
compositing of video. Video encoded with the H.264 codec in an F4V container does not include an alpha channel.
H.264 and On2 VP6 use both temporal and spatial compression.
For more information about FLV and F4V formats and the H.264 and On2 VP6 encoders, see “Video formats and Flash” in Using Flash
Professional CS5.
Fabio Sonnati provides recommendations for settings for H.264 (F4V) movies for mobile devices on the Adobe website.
High-definition (HD) video
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High-definition (HD) video refers to any video format with pixel dimensions greater than those of standard-definition (SD) video formats. Typically,
standard-definition refers to digital formats with pixel dimensions close to those of analog TV standards, such as NTSC and PAL (around 480 or
576 vertical lines, respectively). The most common HD formats have pixel dimensions of 1280x720 or 1920x1080, with an image aspect ratio of
16:9.
HD video formats include interlaced and noninterlaced varieties. Typically, the highest-resolution formats are interlaced at the higher frame rates,
because noninterlaced video at these pixel dimensions would require a prohibitively high data rate.
HD video formats are designated by their vertical pixel dimensions, scan mode, and frame or field rate (depending on the scan mode). For
example, 1080i60 denotes interlaced scanning of 60 interlaced 1920x1080 fields per second, whereas 720p30 denotes progressive scanning of 30
noninterlaced 1280x720 frames per second. In both cases, the frame rate is approximately 30 frames per second.
Trish and Chris Meyer provide tips for planning and delivering high-definition and widescreen work in articles on the ProVideo Coalition website:
The High-Def Checklist
Open Wide: Creating That Widescreen Look
More Help topics
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Video formats and Flash
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Compression tips
Compression tips for video
Work with video in the native format of your project until your final output Use raw footage or the least compressed footage that is available
to you. Each time that you compress video using a lossy encoder, you reduce the quality of the video. Though one generation of quality loss is
often acceptable, re-encoding and recompressing already compressed video can degrade the quality beyond what is acceptable. Also, video that
has already been encoded and compressed may contain noise and artifacts that make the next encoding and compression step take more time or
produce a larger file.
Make your video as short as possible Trim the beginning and end of your video, and edit your video to remove any unnecessary content. See
Crop and trim source before encoding.
Adjust your compression settings If you compress footage and it looks great, try changing your settings to reduce the file size. Test your
footage, and modify compression settings until you find the best setting possible for the video you are compressing. All video has varying
attributes that affect compression and file size; each video needs its own setting for the best results. See Encoding and exporting.
Limit rapid movement Limit movement if you are concerned about file size. Any movement increases file size. Shaky camera work, rolls, and
zooms are particularly bad in this regard. You can use motion stabilization features in After Effects to remove extraneous movement.
Choose appropriate dimensions See Image aspect ratio and frame size.
Select an appropriate frame rate See Frame rate.
Choose an appropriate number of key frames See Key frames.
Reduce noise and grain Noise and grain in source images increase the size of encoded files. Ideally, use utilities in Adobe Premiere Pro or After
Effects to reduce noise and grain. You can also use the Gaussian blur filter in Adobe Media Encoder to help reduce noise, at the expense of
image quality. See Filters export settings.
Compression tips for audio
The same considerations exist for audio production as for video production. To achieve good audio compression, you must begin with an audio file
that is free of distortion and audible artifacts introduced from the source recording.
If you are encoding material from a CD, try to record the file using direct digital transfer rather than the analog input of a sound card. The sound
card introduces an unnecessary digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion that can create noise in your transferred audio. Direct digital
transfer tools are available for both Windows and Mac OS. If you must record from an analog source, use the highest quality sound card available.
Note: If your source audio file is monaural (mono), it is recommended that you encode in mono for use with Flash. If you are encoding with
Adobe Media Encoder, and using an encoding preset, be sure to check if the preset encodes in stereo or mono, and select mono if necessary.
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Preferences
General
Media
Metadata
Memory
To open the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Media Encoder > Preferences (Mac OS).
To restore default preference settings, hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) while the application
is starting.
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Increment Output File Name If The File With The Same Name Exists By default, if you tell Adobe Media Encoder to create an output file with
the same name as an existing file in the same location, Adobe Media Encoder will increment the name of the new file. For example, if you encode
a video clip and create the output file video.flv, and then re-encode the same file without first deleting video.flv, Adobe Media Encoder names the
next file video_1.flv.
Important: To prevent the overwriting of files, name your files in such a way that they don’t inadvertently overwrite one another.
Remove Completed Files From Queue On Exit Removes any encoded items from the encoding queue when you quit the application.
Warn On Stop Queue Or Remove File By default, Adobe Media Encoder prompts you with a warning if you attempt to stop encoding, remove a
file, or move watch folders during the encoding process.
Play Chime When Finished Encoding In Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, a chime plays when encoding is done.
Start Queue Automatically When Idle For The encoding process begins automatically within the specified time after an item has been added to
the queue. The countdown timer is reset when you interact with the application. Deselect this option to disable this automatic starting. This
preference is switched off by default in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
Show Queue Elapsed Encoding Time Shows the amount of time that has elapsed since the encoding has started in Adobe Media Encoder
CS5.5 and later.
Preview While Encoding Videos are shown as they are being encoded in the Current Encode section. For best performance, uncheck the
preference.
Place Output Files In By default, Adobe Media Encoder places exported files in the same folder as the source video clip. To choose a different
destination folder in which to place encoded media clips, select Place Output Files In option, and click Browse.
Language The language to use with Adobe Media Encoder. For Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, this preference is located in the
Appearance category.
Display Format The format and time base to use for time displays. For Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, this preference is located in the
Appearance category.
User Interface Brightness Brightness of Adobe Media Encoder interface. For Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, this preference is located in
the Appearance category.
Media
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See Managing the media cache database.
Metadata
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Write XMP ID To Files On Import Writes unique identifier to imported files that don’t already contain one.
For information about other n in the Metadata category, see Export and thin XMP metadata.
Memory
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RAM Reserved For Other Applications Adobe Media Encoder shares a memory pool with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore. The
RAM Reserved For value indicates how much memory is in this memory pool. You can affect this value by giving more or less RAM to other
applications (and the operating system). Give more RAM to the applications that share the memory pool by decreasing the RAM Reserved For
Other Applications value.
Important: Don’t set RAM Reserved For Other Applications to be very low. Depriving the operating system and other applications of memory can
cause poor performance.
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Encoding and exporting
Export settings reference
Export Settings dialog box overview
Video exports settings
Filters export settings
Multiplexer export settings
Audio export settings
FTP export settings
Audiences export settings
Export and thin XMP metadata
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Export Settings dialog box overview
To open the Export Settings dialog box, click Settings in the Adobe Media Encoder main application window or choose Edit > Export Settings.
Note: There is no Settings button in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later. You can right click on the asset and choose > Export Settings, or
choose Edit > Export Settings.
The Export Settings dialog box includes a large viewing area on the left, which includes Source and Output panels.
Other tabs in the Export Settings dialog box include available encoding settings for the selected format.
For information about using the various encoding options in the Export Settings dialog box, see Encoding and exporting.
For information about using the controls in the timeline area and the image viewing area to crop and trim the source item, see Crop and trim
source before encoding.
For a demo of the Export Settings dialog box and some recommended settings for videos to be posted on the web, see this video tutorial by
Richard Harrington.
Image viewing area
To toggle between previewing an image with or without pixel aspect ratio correction, choose Aspect Ratio Correction from the
panel menu at the upper right of the Source panel or Output panel.
To zoom into and out of the preview image, choose zoom level from the Select Zoom Level menu above the timeline.
You can also zoom out by pressing Ctrl+- (hyphen) (), or Command+- (hyphen) (Mac OS). Zoom in by pressing Ctrl+= (equal sign) (Windows)
or Command+= (equal sign) (Mac OS). These keyboard shortcuts use the main keyboard, not the similar keys on the numeric keypad.
Timeline and time display
A time display and a timeline are located under the image viewing area in both the Source panel and Output panel. The timeline includes a
current-time indicator (playhead), a viewing area bar, and buttons for setting In points and Out points.
To move the current-time indicator, click or drag the current-time display or drag the current-time indicator.
Crop and trim source before encoding
1. In the Export Settings dialog box, click the Source tab.
2. To trim the video such that you only encode and export part of the duration of the source video or audio item, set an In point
(first frame) and Out point (last frame). You can set the In point or Out point to the current time by clicking the Set In Point or
Set Out Point button above the timeline, or by dragging the In point or Out point icon in the timeline.
You can also choose to trim to the work area by choosing Work Area (from Adobe After Effects, or Adobe Premiere Pro) from
the Source Range menu.
Note: Adobe Media Encoder honors timecode information in a source file. If the source starts from 00:00:05:00, then the
timeline for the item in Adobe Media Encoder also starts from 00:00:05:00, and not from zero. This timecode information is
included in the encoded output file.
3. To crop the image, click the Crop The Output Video
button in the upper-left corner of the Source panel.
4. To constrain the proportions of the cropped image, choose an option from the Crop Proportions menu.
5. Do any of the following:
Drag the sides or corner handles of the crop box.
Enter values for Left, Top, Right, Bottom, in pixels.
6. Click the Output tab to preview the cropped image.
7. From the Crop Setting menu on the Output panel, choose one of the following:
Scale To Fit Adjusts the dimensions of the cropped video to fit within the Frame Width and Frame Height specified in the
Video tab. If the aspect ratio defined by those values does not match that of the cropped video, then you will necessarily have
black bars on encoded footage.
Black Borders Applies a black border to the video, even if the target dimension is smaller than the source video.
Change Output Size Automatically sets the height and width of the output to the height and width of the cropped frame.
Choose this setting if you want to export content for use with Flash Player or other web applications without black borders
such as those used with letterboxing or pillarboxing. This option is only available for FLV and F4V formats.
Note: To revert to an uncropped image, click the Crop The Output Video
button again.
Video exports settings
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Adobe Media Encoder is used both as a standalone application and as a component of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional,
Soundbooth, and Encore. In some contexts—including rendering and exporting from Premiere Pro—you set encoding options in the full Adobe
Media Encoder Export Settings dialog box. In other contexts—including rendering and exporting from After Effects—you set encoding options in a
format-specific Options dialog box that only presents a subset of the encoding options.
Adobe Media Encoder ships with many presets, each of which sets the various options to meet the requirements for a common target output. In
the Export Settings or format-specific Options dialog box, the options available on the Video tab depend on the format you’ve specified.
Options not documented here are either specific to the selected format or do not require documentation. For detailed information, consult the
specifications for the selected format. For example, MPEG formats include many advanced options not listed here. For detailed information on
options not listed, consult the specifications for the MPEG-2 (ISO/IEC 13818) format and the Wikipedia website.
Note: Some capture cards and plug-in software provide their own dialog boxes with specific options. If the options you see are different from the
options described here, see the documentation for your capture card or plug-in.
For general information about compression settings, see Compression tips.
TV Standard Conforms the output to the NTSC standard or to the PAL standard. When set to Automatic (Based On Source), Adobe Media
Encoder automatically sets this value to match the source. For example, if the source file frame rate is 25 fps, Adobe Media Encoder sets the TV
standard to PAL.
Frame Dimensions Dimensions, in pixels, of the output frame. When set to Automatic (Based On Source), Adobe Media Encoder automatically
sets this value to match the frame dimensions of the source. (See Image aspect ratio and frame size.)
Frame Rate Frame rate of the output file in frames per second. Some codecs support a specific set of frame rates. When set to Automatic (Based
On Source), Adobe Media Encoder automatically sets this value to match the frame rate of the source. (See Frame rate.)
Field Order or Field Type Specifies whether the output file has progressive frames or frames made up of interlaced fields, and if the latter, which
field will be written first. Progressive is the correct setting for computer display and motion picture film. Choose Upper First or Lower First when
exporting video for an interlaced medium, such as NTSC, or PAL. When set to Automatic (Based On Source), Adobe Media Encoder automatically
sets this value to match the field order of the source. (See Interlaced versus noninterlaced video.)
Aspect or Pixel Aspect Ratio Select the pixel aspect ratio appropriate for the output type. When the pixel aspect ratio (displayed in parentheses)
is 1.0, the output will have square pixels; all others will have non-square pixels. Because computers generally display pixels as squares, content
using non-square pixel aspect ratios appear stretched when viewed on a computer but appear with the correct proportions when viewed on a video
monitor. When set to Automatic (Based On Source), in H.264 Blu-ray, MPEG-2 Blu-ray, or MPEG-2-DVD format, Adobe Media Encoder
automatically sets this value to match the pixel aspect ratio of the source. (See Pixel aspect ratio.)
Profile Specifies whether Adobe Media Encoder will use the Baseline, Main, or High profile.
Note: Profile and Level settings are relevant to formats that use variants of MPEG encoding, including H.264. Recommended settings are often a
combination of Profile and Level settings. For example, a common recommendation for high-quality encoding for Internet distribution is a setting of
High Profile, Level 5.1. For more information, see the Wikipedia website.
Level Level used by Adobe Media Encoder, with ranges that differ depending on output format. This setting, in part, specifies a maximum bitrate.
Quality Generally, higher values increase rendering time and image quality.
Good Strikes a balance between image quality and the amount of time it takes to encode video. This is the default value.
Best Creates the best possible image quality, but will take substantially longer to encode video.
Speed Specifies that the video be encoded as fast as possible. However, the image will be of lower quality. Recommended for video
content used in testing deployments.
Export As Sequence For still-image export, select this option to export as a sequentially numbered series of still-image files.
Header Type Specifies SMPTE/DPX or Cineon header.
Resize video Selecting this option allows you to change the frame width and frame height from the size of the input file or sequence. You can
also click a button to maintain the aspect ratio while resizing.
Depth Color depth in bits per pixel.
Encoding Passes Number of times the encoder will analyze the clip before encoding. Multiple passes increase the time it takes to encode the
file, but generally result in more efficient compression and higher image quality.
M Frames Number of B frames (bi-directional frames) between consecutive I frames (intra-frames) and P frames (predicted frames).
N Frames Number of frames between I frames (intra-frames). This value must be a multiple of the M frames value.
Simple Profile Available only when exporting in the FLV video format using the On2 VP6 codec, selecting Simple Profile optimizes high-resolution
video content that will be played back on older computers or other devices with limited memory and processing resources.
Undershoot [% target] Available only when exporting in the FLV video format using the On2 VP6 codec, this option lets you specify the
percentage of the target data rate to shoot for so that additional data is available in the buffer to improve difficult sections.
Closed GOP Every Frequency of each closed group of pictures (closed GOP), which cannot reference frames outside of the closed GOP. A
GOP consists of a sequence of I, B, and P frames. (This option is available if you choose MPEG-2 as the format.)
Bitrate Number of megabits per second. Different formats present different bitrate options. The minimum bitrate differs according to the format.
For example, for MPEG-2 DVD, the minimum bitrate is 1.5 Mbps. (See Bitrate.)
Bitrate Mode or Bitrate Encoding Specifies whether the codec produces a constant bitrate (CBR) or variable bitrate (VBR) in the exported file:
Constant Delivers a consistent data rate, with the quality potentially fluctuating from frame to frame depending on the degree of
compression required.
Variable Constrained Delivers more consistent quality, with the degree of compression, and therefore the data rate allowed to fluctuate.
Variable Unconstrained Allows the exported file’s data rate to vary without limit, with an option to target an average bitrate.
VBR, 1 Pass Variable bitrate, with the encoder making a single pass through the file from beginning to end. Single-pass encoding takes
less time than dual-pass encoding, but doesn’t achieve the same quality in the output.
VBR, 2 Pass Variable bitrate, with the encoder making two passes through the file, from beginning to end, and then from end to
beginning. The second pass prolongs the process, but it ensures greater encoding efficiency, and often a higher quality output.
Note: When comparing CBR and VBR files of the same content and file size, you can make the following generalizations: A CBR file may play
back more reliably over a wider range of systems, because a fixed data rate is less demanding on a media player and computer processor.
However, a VBR file tends to have a higher image quality, because VBR tailors the amount of compression to the image content.
Bitrate Level (FLV, F4V, H.264 Blu-ray, and MPEG-2 Blu-ray formats only) When the Bitrate level is set to Custom, the output bitrate can be
changed to any value. When the Bitrate Level is set to High, Medium, or Low, the bitrate is set automatically based on frame dimensions as a
read-only value and cannot be changed. Adobe Media Encoder has default presets for the formats which have the Bitrate Level set to automatic.
Key Frame Interval [Seconds] or Set Key Frame Distance (Frames) Number of frames after which the codec will create a key frame when
exporting video. (See Key frames.)
Optimize Stills or Expand Stills Select this option to use still images efficiently in exported video files. For example, if a still image has a duration
of 2 seconds in a project set to 30 fps, Adobe Premiere Pro creates one 2-second frame instead of 60 frames at 1/30 of a second each. Selecting
this option can save disk space for sequences and clips containing still images. Deselect this option only if the exported video file exhibits playback
problems when displaying the still images.
Filters export settings
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The Gaussian Blur effect softens the image and eliminates noise. Adobe Media Encoder applies the Gaussian Blur effect as a pre-encoding step.
This step minimizes the noise that the encoder would otherwise have to encode. It results in quicker encoding and smaller output file sizes. Select
the Output tab to preview the results of this effect.
Blurriness Amount of blur.
Blur Dimension Direction of the blur. Select either Horizontal And Vertical, Horizontal, or Vertical from the menu.
Note: You can remove noise and grain from a project for reasons other than improved encoding and reduction of compressed file size. Consider
the Noise & Grain effects, or blur effects, in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Multiplexer export settings
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The Multiplexer preset options (sometimes called Format) control how MPEG video and audio data are merged into a single stream. The exact
options available depend on the MPEG format you choose.
When you choose the MPEG-2 format, all Multiplexer options provided by the MPEG standard are available for manual control. In most cases, it’s
better to select an MPEG preset specifically targeted to your output medium (such as MPEG-2 DVD).
For more information about MPEG options, see the relevant MPEG specifications for MPEG-4 (ISO/IEC 14496) and MPEG-2 (ISO/IEC 13818)
and the Wikipedia website.
Audio export settings
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In the Export Settings dialog box, the options available in the Audio tab depend on the format you’ve specified. Options not documented here are
either specific to the selected format or do not require documentation because their names are self-documenting. For detailed information, consult
the specifications for the selected format.
Some audio formats support only uncompressed audio, which has the highest quality but uses more disk space. Some formats provide only one
codec. Others allow you to choose from a list of supported codecs.
Sample Rate or Frequency Choose a higher rate to increase the frequency at which audio is converted into discrete digital values, or sampled.
Higher sample rates increase audio quality and file size; lower sample rates decrease quality and file size.
Setting the sample rate in the Export Settings dialog box higher than the sample rate of the audio source doesn’t increase quality. Setting a
sample rate different from the sample rate of the source file requires resampling and additional processing time. You can avoid resampling by
capturing audio at the same rate at which you want to export it. (See Compression tips.)
Channels or Output Channels Specify how many audio channels are in the exported file. If you choose fewer channels than are in the master
track of a sequence or project, Adobe Media Encoder downmixes the audio.
Sample Type Choose a higher bit depth to increase accuracy of audio samples. Higher bit depth can improve dynamic range and reduce
distortion, especially if you add additional processing, such as filtering or resampling. Higher bit depths also increase processing time and file size;
lower bit rates reduce processing time and file size.
Setting the bit depth in the Export Settings dialog box higher than the bit depth of the source audio doesn’t increase quality.
Audio Interleave Specifies how often audio information is inserted among the video frames in the exported file. See your capture card
documentation for the recommended setting. A value of one frame means that when a frame is played back, the audio for the duration of that
frame is loaded into RAM so that it can play until the next frame appears. If the audio breaks up when playing, adjust the interleave value.
Increasing the value lets the computer store longer audio segments, and process them less often. However, higher interleave values require more
RAM. Lowering the value can make playback smoother. Most hard disks operate best with a 1/2-second to 1-second interleave value.
Setting the value to 0 disables Audio Interleave and speeds rendering time. Consider disabling Audio Interleave for projects containing assets with
large pixel dimensions.
Bitrate [Kbps] The output bit rate of the audio. Generally, higher bit rates increase both quality and file size.
FTP export settings
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The FTP tab of the Export Settings dialog box allows you to upload the exported file to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server that has storage
space allocated for file sharing. FTP is a common method for transferring files over a network and is especially useful for sharing relatively large
files using an Internet connection. The server’s administrator can provide you with the details for connecting to the server.
The FTP tab includes the following options:
Server Name Enter the DNS or IP address of the server on which the FTP site is located.
Port Specify the number assigned to the FTP server’s command port, which is 21 by default.
Remote Directory Enter the location on the FTP server to access, expressed as a file path.
User Login Enter the user’s identity, as designated by the server’s administrator.
Password Enter the password to a password-protected server.
Retries Specify the number of attempts to contact the server if a connection isn’t established.
Send Local File To Recycle Bin (Windows) or Send Local File To Trash (Mac OS) Deletes the local copy of the exported file once it’s been
uploaded to the FTP server.
Test Verifies the connection with the FTP server.
Audiences export settings
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In the Export Settings dialog box, selecting Windows Media (Windows only) as the format exposes the Audiences tab. The options on the
Audiences tab allow you to output variations of a movie suited to different network speeds. The player software associated with the format detects
and selects the most appropriate version to ensure smooth playback. Windows Media generates a single movie that contains variations for
different connection speeds.
Note: Some codec-specific settings are not documented here. For more detailed information regarding a particular codec, check the
documentation provided by its developer.
Compressed Specifies that the codec you select in the Video tab is applied. Compressed is the default setting, and is appropriate for most users.
Add/Remove Audiences Lets you add or remove audiences to create a multi-audience Windows Media (.WMV) video file.
Export and thin XMP metadata
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You can choose what XMP metadata (if any) to include in the output file.
To open the Metadata Export dialog box, click the Metadata button in the lower-right corner of the Export Settings dialog box or choose Edit > Edit
Metadata.
Note: You can perform many of the same actions in the Metadata category in the Preferences dialog box. (See Preferences.) Changes made in
the Preferences dialog box don’t apply to selected items in the encoding queue, but the templates and rules are available for later assignment
through the Metadata Export dialog box.
Specifying how and whether to include XMP metadata on output
Use the Export Options menu to specify whether XMP metadata should be embedded in the output file, stored in a sidecar (.xmp) file, both, or
neither.
If you choose None, then no XMP metadata from the source will be embedded in the file, and none of the other controls for XMP metadata export
are available. Basic XMP metadata about the exported file—such as export settings and start timecode—is always exported, even when None is
chosen.
Note: The Embed In Output File options are disabled for files of kinds for which XMP metadata can’t be embedded.
Preserving XMP metadata from sources
Many source assets contain XMP metadata. You can choose which XMP metadata from source assets should be preserved in the encoded output
files by using a preservation rule.
For single-source clips, preserving XMP metadata ensures that the production metadata from the original source flows through to the re-encoded
output file. For sequences and compositions, including source metadata preserves the metadata from each of the items used to make up that
sequence or composition. Excluding existing source metadata is often referred to as thinning. You may want to exclude source metadata for
security purposes or privacy concerns, or to reduce the size of the output file as much as possible.
A preservation rule acts as a filter to specify which XMP metadata from a source item is passed through to an encoded output file. The preset
preservation rules are Preserve All and Exclude All. Preserve All is the default.
To create your own preservation rule, click New next to the Preservation Rules menu. You can enable individual fields or categories by selecting
them in the Preservation Rules Editor dialog box. To find specific fields, use the search field near the top of the Preservation Rules Editor dialog
box. Be sure to give your preservation rule a descriptive name.
You can edit an existing custom preservation rule by choosing it from the Preservation Rules menu and clicking Edit.
Note: Two kinds of source XMP metadata are handled separately from the source XMP metadata controlled by the preservation rules: sequence
markers and the XMP metadata that is created by the speech analysis features in Adobe Premiere Pro and Soundbooth. To include the speech
XMP metadata and sequence markers, select Export Master Speech Track And Sequence Markers.
Adding XMP metadata
An export template specifies what XMP metadata will be written to the output file. For example, you can create an export template that includes
various XMP metadata from the source files as well as adding your contact information and rights-management information to each output file.
The export template acts as a filter; any fields that are not explicitly enabled by the current template will be filtered out. The only exceptions are
internal properties that are automatically populated with data by the creator application, which are always included and are not editable.
To create your own export template, click New next to the Export Template menu. You can enable individual fields or categories by selecting them
in the Export Template Editor dialog box. To find specific fields, use the search field near the top of the Export Template Editor dialog box. Be sure
to give your export template a descriptive name.
You can edit an existing custom export template by choosing it from the Export Template menu and clicking Edit.
After you have applied an export template, you can also manually enter values to add specific XMP metadata to the current encoding queue items.
Some fields are uneditable and can’t be excluded from output—such as fields that are written automatically by the creator application. For
example, the Format field in the Dublin Core schema and the Video Frame Rate field in the Dynamic Media schema are set by Adobe Media
Encoder to accurately describe the output file, and these fields are not user-editable. Also, values that are specified by the current export template
appear as uneditable; to change these values, change the template or apply a different template.
Any field that doesn’t contain data—either from the template or manually entered—will be excluded from the exported XMP metadata. Empty fields
are not written to the output file.
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File formats supported for export
Important: The trial version of Adobe Media Encoder CS5 doesn't include some features that depend on third-party software components that
are only included in the full version of Adobe Media Encoder. The import and export of some formats are not supported in the trial version. The
trial version for Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later does not have these limitations, it is as functional as the retail version.
When you export using Adobe Media Encoder, you select a format in the Export Settings dialog box for your output. The format you select
determines which Preset options are available. Select the format best suited for your output goal.
For more information on video formats, see this video tutorial by Phil Hawkins. For more information on the best export format or codec, see this
video tutorial by Todd Kopriva.
Adobe Media Encoder is used both as a standalone application and as a component of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional,
Soundbooth, and Encore. The formats that Adobe Media Encoder can export depend on which of these applications are installed. The version of
Adobe Media Encoder that is installed with Flash Professional can export to Flash video formats. To export to other video formats, you need the
version that comes with the Production Premium or Master Collection edition, or with After Effects or Premiere Pro.
Some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, MXF, FLV, and F4V—denote container file formats rather than denoting a specific audio, video, or
image data format. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Adobe Media Encoder can
encode video and audio data for these container files, depending on which codecs (specifically, encoders) are installed. Many codecs must be
installed into the operating system and work as a component inside the QuickTime or Video for Windows formats.
Depending on what other software you have installed, the following options may be available:
Video and animation
Animated GIF (Windows only)
FLV, F4V
Note: The FLV and F4V formats are container formats, each of which is associated with a set of video and audio formats. F4V
files generally contain video data that is encoded using an H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec. FLV files generally
contain video data encoded using the On2 VP6 or Sorenson Spark codec and audio data encoded using an MP3 audio codec.
Adobe Media Encoder CS5 can encode FLV files using the On2 VP6 video codec, not the Sorenson Spark codec.
H.264 (AAC, 3GP, MP4, M4V, MPA (audio), AMR (audio), WAV (PCM audio))
H.264 Blu-ray (M4V, WAV (PCM audio))
MPEG-2 (MPA, M2V, MPG, M2T, WAV (PCM audio))
MPEG-2 DVD (M2V, MPG, MPA (audio), WAV (PCM audio))
MPEG-2 Blu-ray (M2V, M2T, WAV)
MPEG-4 (3GP, MP4, M4V, AAC (audio), AMR (audio))
P2 (MXF)
Note: MXF is a container format. Adobe Media Encoder can encode and export movies in the Op-Atom variety of MXF
containers using the DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, and DVCPRO100, and AVC-Intra codecs. Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2 and later)
can export MXF files containing the MPEG-2 essence items that comply with the XDCAM HD format used by such systems as
Avid Unity. The standalone Adobe Media Encoder can also export files in this format. For more information, see this link.
MXF OP1a (in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later)
QuickTime movie (MOV; on Windows, requires QuickTime)
Windows Media (WMV; Windows only)
Video for Windows (AVI, AVI (uncompressed); Windows only)
Still image and still-image sequence
Note: To export a movie as a sequence of still-image files, select Export As Sequence on the Video tab when a still-image format is selected.
Bitmap (BMP; Windows only)
DPX
GIF (Windows only)
JPEG
PNG
Targa (TGA)
TIFF (TIF)
Audio
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)
MP3
Waveform Audio (WAV)
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC Audio)
Codecs installed for different installations of Adobe Media Encoder
Adobe Master Collection, Adobe Production Premium, or Adobe Premiere Pro: All codecs
Adobe After Effects: All codecs except Dolby audio
All other products: FLV, F4V, h.264, MP3
Online resources for encoding video with Adobe Media Encoder
This tutorial video by Phil Hawkins explains some of the different video formats for export.
Todd Kopriva shows you how to choose the appropriate output format for your video in this video by Video2Brain.
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Encode and export video and audio
Encode using presets
Encode using custom settings
Monitor encoding progress
Use preview files from Adobe Premiere Pro
After adding video and audio items to the encoding queue, you can encode and export them from the queue using presets or custom settings.
Encode using presets
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1. In Adobe Media Encoder, add items to the queue of items to encode. For information, see Add and manage items in the
encoding queue.
2. Choose a video format most suitable for your output from the Format pop-up menu.
3. Choose a video preset most suitable for your output from the Presets pop-up menu.
4. Choose a location for your export by clicking the text for Output File, and then finding the directory or folder for your exports in
the Save As dialog box. Click Save.
5. Allow encoding to start automatically, or press the Start Queue button. In CS5.5 and later, cllick the triangle button in the
upper right of the window.
Your files will begin to be encoded to your desired format, using your chosen preset, and in the location that you chose.
Encode using custom settings
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1. In Adobe Media Encoder, add items to the queue of items to encode. For information, see Add and manage items in the
encoding queue.
2. Select one or more items in the queue and open the Export Settings dialog box by choosing Edit > Export Settings. In Adobe
Media Encoder CS5.5 and later, you can also right-click on the file and select Export Settings.
3. Set export options. For more information, see Export settings reference.
4. After setting options, click OK. With the Export Settings dialog box closed, click Start Queue to begin encoding your files. In
CS5.5 and later, click the triangle button in the upper right of the window.
You can close the Current Encode panel for optimum performance during encoding. View progress of the encoding process with the progress
bar in the Queue panel instead.
You can do any of the following in the Export Settings dialog box:
Choose a video, audio, or still-image format from the Format menu. For more information, see File formats supported for
export.
(Optional) Choose an encoding preset from the Preset menu.
Select Export Video, Export Audio, or both.
(Optional; available for some formats) Open the item in Adobe Device Central by selecting Open In Device Central.
(Optional) Set settings in the various tabs of the Export Settings dialog box that meet your encoding needs. For more
information, see Export settings reference.
(Optional) Specify pre-encoding options, including cropping, trimming, and addition of cue points. (See Crop and trim source
before encoding and Working with cue points for FLV and F4V video files.)
(Optional) Set options for XMP metadata export. (See Export and thin XMP metadata.)
(Optional) Select Use Maximum Render Quality or Render At Maximum Bit Depth.
Note: Rendering at a higher color bit depth requires more RAM and slows rendering substantially.
(Optional) Select Use Frame Blending.
Specify a filename and location for the encoded file by clicking the underlined text next to Output Name in the upper-right
section of the Export Settings dialog box and entering a filename and location. If you don’t specify a filename, Adobe Media
Encoder uses the filename of the source video clip.
Note: When the format is set to P2 Movie, the user-assigned filename is not applied. Instead, such encodes are given a six
character alphanumeric name by Adobe Media Encoder. The Output Name is saved to the clip’s metadata, and is shown as
the clip name in Adobe Premiere Pro.
You can specify a destination folder in which to save the encoded file relative to the folder containing the source video clip.
When specifying a destination folder, keep in mind the following:
The destination folder you specify must exist. If you specify a folder that does not exist, an error message informs you that
the file cannot be encoded because the folder cannot be found.
When specifying a folder, separate the folder name and the filename using either a forward slash (/) or backward slash (\).
Use only a forward slash (/) on Mac OS.
In Preferences, you can choose a folder to specify the destination of encoded files. (See Preferences.)
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Monitor encoding progress
While an item is being encoded, the Status column of the encoding queue provides information on the status of each item.
Encoding The item is currently being encoded. Adobe Media Encoder encodes only one item at a time. You can continue to work in Adobe Media
Encoder while encoding is in progress. You can add, remove, or reorder items in the queue or watch folder.
Waiting The item is in the encoding queue but has not been encoded. You can remove a file from the queue that has not been encoded and is
not being encoded.
Encoding completed successfully icon
Encoding stopped by user icon
The item has been successfully encoded. Called “Done” in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
The user canceled the encoding process while the item was being encoded. Called “Stopped” in Adobe
Media Encoder CS5.5 and later.
Error icon
Adobe Media Encoder encountered an error when attempting to encode the specified item. Called “Failed” in Adobe Media
Encoder CS5.5 and later.
Skip Selection The user can skip one, or more selected files. With the files selected, choose Edit > Skip Selection.
Audible alerts when jobs completed (successfully and with errors) Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and later has audible alerts. It plays an
audible alert at the completion of the jobs in the Queue. A different alert sounds if any error conditions are detected. These alerts can be disabled
in preferences, if you do not want to hear them.
During the encoding process, click the Start Queue button once more if you would like to pause the encoding process (in Adobe Media
Encoder CS5.5 and later).
Click the status icon to open the log for any item for which encoding is done, stopped, or failed.
Use preview files from Adobe Premiere Pro
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When encoding Adobe Premiere Pro sequences, choose Use Previews to use existing preview files (which have already been rendered and
encoded) for the parts of the sequence for which they are available.
Note: Launch Adobe Media Encoder from Adobe Premiere Pro to use preview files. Choose Export > Media in Premiere Pro to launch Adobe
Media Encoder. Ensure that “Match Sequence Settings” is selected.
Using existing preview files can make encoding much faster. The disadvantage, however, is that the preview files may have been encoded using
different settings than those used for the rest of the sequence—for example, the preview files may have been encoded using lossy compression.
Preferences
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Managing the media cache database
When Adobe Media Encoder imports video and audio in some formats, it processes and caches versions of these items that it can readily access.
Imported audio files are each conformed to a new .cfa file, and MPEG files are indexed to a new .mpgindex file.
Note: When you first import a file, you may experience a delay while the media is being processed and cached.
A database retains links to each of the cached media files. This media cache database is shared with Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Premiere
Pro, Encore, After Effects, and Soundbooth, so each of these applications can each read from and write to the same set of cached media files. If
you change the location of the database from within any of these applications, the location is updated for the other applications, too. Each
application can use its own cache folder, but the same database keeps track of them all.
You can change the locations of the media cache database and the cached files using settings in the Media category of preferences. (See
Preferences.)
To change the location of the media cache database or the media cache itself, click one of the Browse buttons in the Media preferences.
To remove conformed and indexed files from the cache and to remove their entries from the database, click Clean. This command only removes
files associated with items for which the source file is no longer available.
Important: Before clicking the Clean button, make sure that any storage devices that contain your currently used source media are connected to
your computer. If footage is determined to be missing because the storage device on which it is located is not connected, the associated files in
the media cache will be removed. This removal results in the need to reconform or re-index the footage when you attempt to use the footage later.
Cleaning the database and cache with the Clean button does not remove files that are associated with footage items for which the source files
are still available. To manually remove conformed files and index files, navigate to the media cache folder and delete the files. The location of
the media cache folder is shown in the Media preferences. If the path is truncated, click the Browse button to show the path.
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Working with cue points for FLV and F4V video files
Create a cue point
Remove a cue point
Load previously saved cue point data
Adobe Soundbooth and the cue point XML file
Cue point XML file
With Adobe Media Encoder, you can embed cue points in video files for use in Flash Professional and Flash Player with ActionScript™ or the
Flash FLVPlayback component. Each cue point consists of a name, the time at which it occurs in the video, type of cue point, and optional
parameters. You specify cue point times using the format hour:minute:second:millisecond.
Event cue points are used to trigger ActionScript methods when the cue point is reached, and let you synchronize the video playback to other
events within the Flash presentation.
Navigation cue points are used for navigation and seeking, and to trigger ActionScript methods when the cue point is reached. Embedding a
navigation cue point inserts a keyframe at that point in the video.
Note that cue point metadata is stored differently in F4V and FLV file types. See Programming ActionScript 3.0 for information on the differences
between cue points in F4V and FLV files, and how to use them in Flash Professional.
In addition to embedding cue points within the encoded FLV video file, you can create cue points using the FLVPlayback component. Using this
component, you can create a cue point that is not embedded in the video file itself, providing greater flexibility in triggering events. For more
information, see the information on the FLVPlayback component in the ActionScript Components Language Reference.
F4V files can contain cue points that are embedded in the data track of the F4V file itself, as well as in the form of XMP metadata.
To synchronize an action for a cue point in an F4V video file, you can retrieve the cue point data from the onXMPData callback functions and
trigger the cue point using the Timer class in ActionScript 3.0. The onXMPData callback function receives information specific to XMP metadata
that is embedded in the F4V video file. The XMP metadata includes cue points as well as other video metadata. XMP metadata is introduced with
Flash Player 10 and supported by subsequent versions of Flash Player and Adobe AIR. For more information on onXMPData and F4V cue points,
see Programming ActionScript 3.0.
Cue points can be added as markers in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Create a cue point
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1. From the encoding queue, select an item in which you want to embed cue points.
2. If you haven’t specified encoding settings for the item, do so now. Verify that the format is set to FLV or F4V. You can only
embed cue points in FLV or F4V files. To learn more, see Encode and export video and audio.
3. Choose Edit > Export Settings.
The cue point controls are located beneath the Source and Output panels on the left side of the Export Settings dialog box.
4. Move the current-time indicator to the time when you want to embed a cue point.
5. Click the (+) button at the top of the cue point controls.
Adobe Media Encoder embeds a cue point and populates the cue point list with a placeholder for the name of the new cue
point and the time at which the cue point is located.
6. In the Type column, choose the type of cue point.
7. Enter parameters for the selected cue point.
Parameters are a set of key-value pairs that you can add to the cue point. The parameters are passed to the cue point event
handler as members of the single parameter object.
8. (Optional) To save the cue points that you’ve created so that you can apply them to other video clips, click the Save Cue
Points button.
Remove a cue point
1. Select the cue point in the cue point list.
2. Click the Delete Cue Point button (-), or press the Delete key.
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Load previously saved cue point data
1. Click the Load Cue Points button
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2. Select the cue point file you want to import, and click OK.
Note: When you load cue points from a file, any cue points you have created in the cue points list are replaced by the cue
points in the file.
Adobe Soundbooth and the cue point XML file
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Adobe Soundbooth™, a sound editing application, can import and export the cue point XML file. An advantage to creating the cue point XML file in
Soundbooth is that its Video panel lets you play back video footage while editing sound. This lets you insert cue point markers using both the
video and audio components of the file. When you are ready to encode the video using Adobe Media Encoder, you can import the cue point file
from Soundbooth and use the cue points to encode the FLV file. To learn more about using Soundbooth to create cue points, and importing the
cue points XML file into Adobe Media Encoder, see the information on working with Flash and video in Soundbooth Help.
Note: In Adobe Premiere Pro, cue points can also be added with the benefit of full A/V playback and complete transport controls. However, cue
points imported or exported from an XML file are not supported.
Cue point XML file
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You can export cue points in an XML file so that you can apply it to other video files and share it across platforms. An example of the file is shown
below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
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<FLVCoreCuePoints>
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<CuePoint>
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<Time>2000</Time>
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<Type>navigation</Type>
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<Name>CuePoint1</Name>
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<Parameters>
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<Parameter>
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<Name>CuePoint1</Name>
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<Value>Introduction</Value>
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</Parameter>
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<Parameter>
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<Name>Cast</Name>
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<Value>ActorNames</Value>
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</Parameter>
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</Parameters>
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</CuePoint>
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Important: If you modify the cue point XML file and insert invalid values or otherwise malformed XML syntax, Adobe Media Encoder will not be
able to load the file.
The DTD (Document Type Definition) for the cue point XML file is shown below. A DTD defines the valid document structure of the XML file, with a
list of supported elements and their meaning within the XML file itself.
<!DOCTYPE FLVCoreCuePoints [
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<!ELEMENT
FLVCoreCuePoints(CuePoint+)>
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<!-FLVCoreCuePoints is the root element in the XML file and must contain at least one CuePoint element 4
->
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<!ELEMENT
CuePoint(Time, Type, Name, Parameters?)>
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<!-CuePoint contains the data for a particular cue point, and must contain one each of
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Time, Type, and Name elements, and may contain one Parameters element -->
<!ELEMENT
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Time(#CDATA)>
<!-9
Time contains the cue point time as an integer in milliseconds -->
<!ELEMENT
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Type(#CDATA)>
<!-0
Type contains the cue point type as a case-sensitive string, either "event" or "navigation" -->
<!ELEMENT
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Name(#CDATA)>
<!-1
Name contains the cue point name as a text string; it can also contain a parameter name when
appearing
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inside a Parameter element -->
<!ELEMENT Parameters(Parameter+)>
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<!-Parameters contains the cue point's parameters. It must contain at least one Parameter element -->
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Parameter(Name, Value)>
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<!-Parameter contains the data for one of a cue point's parameters. It must contain one each of
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Name and Value elements -->
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<!ELEMENT
Value(#CDATA)>
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<!-Value contains the value-part of the name-value pair for a cue point parameter -->
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In addition to the restrictions enforced by the cue point XML DTD, the following characteristics apply to the XML format:
All comments regarding the data inside the tags in the DTD will be enforced on read; non-compliant XML will result in an error.
Cue points must appear in ascending time order within the XML file, and there can be only one cue point assigned at a given
time.
The XML format is written as UTF-8. Other encoding types are supported if they are properly declared via an XML declaration
with encoding (for example, <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?> or a BOM marker in the file.
The only types allowed are event and navigation.
Time must be specified in milliseconds as an integer. You cannot use decimal points when specifying time (for example,
12.123 causes the XML file to fail).
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