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Exporting to Media Encoder and delay between files being encoded
Exporting to Media Encoder and delay between files being encoded
by Jeff Leonhardt on May 23, 2013 at 4:16:09 am

What I am trying to do is take a single long captured file and break it into individual clip files. I know I could have used timecode based scene selection when importing to break up the clips into individual files, but the timecode was messed up and capturing to one long file was the only option.

Question 1) How, if possible, can I export mutiple clips on the timeline to ME at one time. It just seems silly to have to move the work area start/end points for each clip, export it, and then move the work area start/end points to the next clip and export and so on for, say, 50 clips on the timeline. With clips the start/end points are obvious; the start of the clip and the end of the clip. And a simple Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4... naming convention would be fine. Is there a way to do this? Or even just draging and dropping a clip into ME would at least save me the time of moving the work area around (which, again, seems repetative since the whole clip is being exported).

Also, once I have manually exported, say, 20 clips into ME, it is taking about 5 minutes (after it indicates it is encoding) to actually start encoding. Once the progress bar begins to show the clip is encoding is goes quickly and I get the green check mark. But then the next clip says encoding and it again takes about 5 minutes for the progress bar start to show encoding is occuring. So to encode 20 clips (ranging from 10 seconds to maybe a minute long each) it takes up to 2 hours. These are simple DV captures being exported to .AVI clip just to break them into individual clip files, so no transcoding or scaling or effects are involved.

Question 2) Are there any settings that I may have/have not set that can speed up the process? Is this normal encoding speed?

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Re: Exporting to Media Encoder and delay between files being encoded
by Kris Merkel on May 24, 2013 at 2:10:51 pm

I am not really sure about the reason you would want to use that workflow but that is beside the point as I am sure it is a good one.

What you are asking is beyond the capabilities of any NLE that I know of or even cared to think about, anyway a workaround would be to duplicate the sequence for each section of the timeline that you need and then move the work area around. Open AME the select all of the clips from the project panel and drag them into AME.

You could also cut all of your clips in the timeline and then open each clip in a new sequence, that would not be as cumbersomne as moving the work area and then all of your seq. will be exactly the same length as each clip.

Yes it will take time for AME to scan and link everything from PrPro because it is doing all of the heavy lifting. mileage may vary on the preprocessing speed.

I am guessing that you are sending "selects" to a client?

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Re: Exporting to Media Encoder and delay between files being encoded
by Jeff Leonhardt on May 24, 2013 at 4:25:13 pm

Thanks for the workarounds!

Yeah, it's an abnormal situation which is why I've never had to find a solution for it before. :-) Just seemed like a cool feature, if ever needed, to be able to do a one-time batch setup of output parameters for a group of clips and then drag and drop them into the queue to export. Fast and easy I thought.

Thanks again!