12 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 8:11 AM by cspecter RSS

    Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition

    mlfix Community Member

      I'm adding clips from AE compositions into Media Encoder but each clip I choose shows the session/project name in the Output Name queue rather than the individual clip.

       

      Is there a way for it to automatically name it as the actual clip?

        • 1. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
          Dave LaRonde Community Member

          When you drag a piece of footage onto the Make Comp icon in the AE project window, the resulting comp takes on the name of the clip, so the file name of the rendered AE comp will also have the name of the clip.

           

          Is that how you did it?

          • 2. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
            mlfix Community Member

            Dave,

            I've already got my comp named and ready to render but what I'm trying to do is rather than render in AE, I was trying to open it from Media Encoder so I could continue working.

            Once I'm in Media Encoder, I click on Edit> Add Comp from AE then choose a comp from a certain session but when I do the Output Name in Media Encoder is the name of the Comp, not the name if the clip (the name of the session/project, not the specific clip I want rendered) which I then have to rename

             

            thanks

            • 3. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
              mlfix Community Member

              Has the rendering in AE CS6 improved?

              Another reason I wanted to try the Media Encoder is I hear AE is only good at processing close to lossless/quicktime files and not so good at compression.

               

              Just tried a batch as Quicktime renders but it failed. Tested a render at H.264 and it looked ok.

              This is all in CS5.

              I'm waiting to finish this job before I upgrade but if AE6 can open projects from AE5, maybe I'll upgrade now.

               

              Thanks

              • 4. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                Rick Gerard CommunityMVP

                Media encoder is improved. More presets. The defaults are now multi-pass rendering most presets and it's just one reason to upgrade.

                • 5. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                  mlfix Community Member

                  Thanks,

                   

                  Do you know if the new AE6 will open files from AE5?

                  • 6. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                    Mylenium CommunityMVP

                    Do you know if the new AE6 will open files from AE5?

                     

                    Yes, that's the whole point of selling upgrades, is it not?

                     

                    Mylenium

                    • 7. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                      mlfix Community Member

                      good point..just sick of having that happen with other apps but not for awhile...

                       

                      just upgraded and the naming issus is solved!

                       

                      pushing my luck here but here's my other gripe-

                       

                      I'm outputting these videos to 1920x1080 for widescreen but also my client asked for a 1440x1080 file (it's for a mobile app, I know....moving backwards and all that...but it works in the interface but open to ideas on that one)

                      When I bring a 1440x1080 file into Media Encoder, it automaltically thinks I want a 1920x1080 output. Is there a way for the application to recognize the format so it can output without me having to change it for every clip?

                      As I type this I realize I can probably save an output setting but putting this out there anyway.

                       

                      thx

                      • 8. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                        Dave LaRonde Community Member

                        1440x1080 is an HDV resolution for 1080 video.  The pictures are 16x9, but the pixels are wider than 1920x1080.  You should probably find out from the client the full deliver spects for this file before you start guessing at things and wasting your time.

                        • 9. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                          Rick Gerard CommunityMVP

                          Web and mobile devices do not do rectangular pixels. The mobile app must be specifically that size and you must, and I mean must, find out from the developer exactly what format the files are to be delivered in. The workflow you are suggesting is NOT standard and is most likely wrong.

                          • 10. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                            cspecter Community Member

                            Did anyone ever figure out how to name the output in AME to the name of the comp instead of the name of the project file? Our company has started to use AME to render out AE comps with audio because of the stereo-to-mono bug in AE and it very annoying that it does not automatically name the outputs to the comp name. Otherwise AME is great, renders much faster than in AE itself.

                            • 11. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                              Dave LaRonde Community Member
                              1. Highlight the clip in question in the AE project window.  Hit the return key. Copy the file name.
                              2. Highlight the comp in question in the AE project window.  Hit the return key, and paste in the clip file name.
                              3. Save the project.
                              4. Render in AME.
                              • 12. Re: Set 'Output Name' to chosen/queued clip rather than Composition
                                cspecter Community Member

                                The problem is with AME and not with AE. The comps all have individual names. So in my AE project, let's call it "Cool_TV_Project.aep", I have several comps I wish to render. Let's call these comps: Show_Main_Title, Show_Credits, and Lower_Third.

                                 

                                In AME I go to File->Add After Effects Composition..., then I find the After Effect project that I want to render (Cool_TV_Project.aep), then I pick the three comps I wish to render. These comps are then added into the queue in AME. Here is where the problem is.

                                 

                                The "Output File" name for each comp is listed as the project name plus an _number even though it lists the correct comp name in the "Source Name" column. So the queue looks something like this:

                                 

                                Source Name                                                  Format          Preset               Output File

                                /Cool_TV_Project.aep/Show_Main_Title          Quicktime      Prores               /Cool_TV_Project_1

                                /Cool_TV_Project.aep/Show_Credits                Quicktime      Prores               /Cool_TV_Project_2

                                /Cool_TV_Project.aep/Lower_Third                 Quicktime      Prores               /Cool_TV_Project_3

                                 

                                I want the Output File name to be what the COMP is named, not the PROJECT. As it stands I have to manually select each output and retype the comp name. This is ok when there is only a few comps in a project, but maddening when there are many.

                                 

                                What I'd like to do is force AME to name the output the same as the comp name in the project, instead of how it defaults to naming each output to the project name + _1. So far I have not seen any option to do this. My hope is there is some tricksy way to make it do this as I like rendering in AME.

                                 

                                FYI I am using AME from CS 5.5.

                                 

                                Ideas?