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Bob Sabiston
how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:28:50 pm

Hi, I am trying to render movies with after effects and it keeps putting them in the folder of some old project, unless I change the directory manually every single time. How do you get it to remember the last folder you saved a movie to?

Thanks
Bob


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:37:24 pm

  • Add just ONE comp to the AE Render Queue.
  • In the Output Module settings, navigate to the desired folder.
  • Add the remaining comps to the Render Queue.
  • SAVE THE PROJECT.

The next time you open an AE project, it will save rendered projects to that folder, and will continue to do so until you change it.

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


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Bob Sabiston
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:40:03 pm

Thank you!
Bob


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:44:13 pm

Also check AE Preferences. Although I never use it, I believe there's a place in it where you can set a default folder for your renders. You might have used it by mistake, and it certainly would drive you absolutely nuts.

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


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Bob Sabiston
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:51:20 pm

I do see a checkbox for use Default Folder, but I don't see any place where you can see what it is or change it to something else! :O

Bob


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:53:34 pm

Yeah, well, then uncheck it! It'll drive you bonkers!

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


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Bob Sabiston
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:56:03 pm

Oh, I did of course! But it would be nice to know how you set the "default folder". Or is it always someplace like Documents?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Aug 18, 2010 at 4:58:23 pm

Never used it, so I don't know. There's a lot more in AE that I really do need to know, so it falls under my "unused and untouched" classification.

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


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Jim Fink
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on May 20, 2013 at 3:22:34 pm

Ok, so Bob could not answer this, anyone else able to show me where the hidden Change Output Directory, or Set Output directory is and how it works.. this is too silly.

thanks
Jim

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Karel Schoonejans
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on May 14, 2014 at 6:20:37 pm

I stumbled upon this old thread when searching for the same question but couldn't find the answer either so when I later on the day found how to do it, I thought that I could answer this question as well.

1. Add a job to the Render Queue.
2. In the "Output to" menu choose Custom…
3. Here you can add your own (relative) output locations.
examles:
[projectFolder]/Output/[compName].[fileextension] => renders in the folder "Output" alongside your project file.
[projectFolder]/../Output/[compName].[fileextension] => renders in a folder alongside the parent folder of the project file.

If you make that custom template your default with the checkmark and leave the "Use default File Name and Folder" prefs setting ON, you never have to manually select the output locations again.


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Jordan Santiago
Re: how do you set the default output folder
on Jul 25, 2017 at 12:57:13 pm

Thanks so much for this info. Saves me a bunch of time when juggling like 5 projects at the same time.


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