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Philip Rachford
creating thumbnails
on May 26, 2010 at 5:23:26 pm

I am trying to batch render stills from AE CS4. I can send a batch of movies to the render queue by selecting a number of comps in the project window and "add to Render Queue" but I would like to create thumbnails and can't seem to get a template in the render mod or the output mod that will only render one frame. I realize I can "save file as" in each individual comp but I have hundreds of comps and would much prefer to batch it if I can. Is there a way to do this?
Thank you


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Dave LaRonde
Re: creating thumbnails
on May 26, 2010 at 6:48:52 pm

There really isn't a good way to do this in AE; it just isn't set up to make thumbnails.

But if somebody put a gun to my head, I'd do this in two batches in the render queue... and since I've never tried this to see if it works, I may be headed to the Happy Hunting Ground.

First batch: Add the comps to the render queue, and render out the movies.

Second batch: open the comps. Set the work areas to one frame.
Set the default output module for movies to some kind of image sequence, if AE will let you -- this is where I could catch a bullet.
Add ONE comp to the render queue, specify a new destination folder, then add the rest, and they will render to the same destination folder.

Basically, you'd be trying to trick AE into making one-frame movies. I don't know if it would work.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Todd Kopriva
Re: creating thumbnails
on May 27, 2010 at 5:05:50 am

http://aescripts.com/render-frame-at-markers/

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Dave LaRonde
Re: creating thumbnails
on May 27, 2010 at 2:35:45 pm

Yay!!! I don't have to die!!!

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Philip Rachford
Re: creating thumbnails
on May 28, 2010 at 12:31:25 am

Thanks very much David, that will help out a lot.



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