Is there a way to select multiple files in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 and change or add the output folder for all? It would be great if the output folder could be set in the Preset rather than in the AME Preference.
Unfortunately, no; you can't change the output location for multiple files once they've been added to the queue. As a workaround of sorts, you can go into the AME preferences and specify a default output folder; if you do this before adding your batch of clips, all files will be directed there. Changing this preference after files have been added to the queue won't change the destination of those particular files, so remember to do it before setting up your batch.
I've requested this several times: one request was to separate the output path from the file name, so that you change the path for all selected inputs independent of the name (like you can with format and preset), and another request was a dialog asking if you wanted to change the path for multiple files, should you have more than one selected. Personally, I wouldn't want paths as part of presets: if you wanted the same output for multiple clients, for example, you'd have to duplicate your preset multiple times just to change the output location. That could get a little messy, from my perspective, but if you can offer a compelling way to implement that, by all means make a feature request: Adobe Feature Request/Bug Report Form
one request was to separate the output path from the file name
Can you do that though? At the OS level, the "name" of the file includes the entire path, not just the part you see when you're in the folder.
The application can only be programmed to do what the OS will allow it to do. I just wonder if the OS would allow this. Not saying it can't, and a feature request never hurts. I'm just musing, is all.
Again, it already does--just not for exports. What I requested was that the save location (e.g. folder path) be a separate column in the AME queue and a separate selectable field in the Export Settings window. So--using the AME queue as an example--instead of a single column called Output File, you'd have one called Output Location that is the folder path (clickable hot-text that opens up a file browser dialog) and one called something like Output Filename that when clicked opens up a simple text entry box like the Rename Clip box in Premiere Pro. The actual output combines those elements; it doesn't matter what the OS requires at that point, since its getting exactly what it wants.
Yes, this is absolutely possible. Jim is correct that the OS needs the full file path, name included, in order to write the file. Colin is correct that at the application level, we can present the destination path and file name as separate variables to the user. The application then concatenates the two variables together and supplies the OS with the complete output path.
Both of these requests (setting the output path for multiple items at once and disconnecting the UI for the filename from the UI for the path) are improvements that the AME team is considering for a future release. Thanks for the feature requests, guys. Keep 'em coming.
Thanks for the clarification, Tim--I just don't know the fancy words like "variable"
For good measure, I'm sending in another feature request on this--and I'm adding a note that says "Tim says so."