Are you able to find the EXE and start the program manually?
no. WHere might I find it? thanks
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe
thank you! I got thrown off track by the fact that this is 'cloud' based software that I didn't think to look in my applications.
Welcome to Adobe Forum,
Adobe Media Encoder is included in the installers for other programs, including Premiere Pro and After Effects.
So you need to install the either of the free CC , https://creative.adobe.com/products/premiere?promoid=KHTVC
Then uninstall it Premier pro, while uninstalling uncheck media encoder, so it will remain installed & while the other components of premier pro is uninstalled.
Let us know if it helped.
>this is 'cloud' based software
The CLOUD is the delivery process, not the running process... the programs are downloaded and installed on your computer