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new and changed features in Adobe Media Encoder CS5

In a recent forum thread, someone said that they hadn’t seen much about what’s new and changed in Adobe Media Encoder (AME) CS5. So, let’s fix that.

64-bit application
Adobe Media Encoder CS5 now comes in a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. The version that works with Premiere Pro and After Effects is the 64-bit version. (You don’t need to manually choose which one to use. This is taken care of automatically.) A 64-bit application can address more memory, which gives it the ability to work with larger frames and tends to make the application more stable.

export settings that automatically match sequence settings in Premiere Pro
Choose Match Sequence Settings when exporting from Premiere Pro. See “Workflow and overview for exporting”.

Similarly, when you choose a format, AME CS5 will in many cases automatically select the most appropriate encoding preset for that format based on characteristics of the source item. See “Encoding presets”.

much better controls for cropping and trimming before encoding
You can crop and trim the portion of the item to be encoded much more easily. One such improvement is the ability to select the work area (as defined in Premiere Pro or After Effects) as the area to be encoded and exported. See “Crop and trim source before encoding”.

footage interpretation
As with After Effects and Premiere Pro, AME now has an Interpret Footage command, so you can correct settings for input files if the application guesses wrong. See “Interpret items in the encoding queue”.

new export formats, including AVC-Intra
See “File formats supported for export”.

added preferences for managing the media cache database
See “The media cache database”.

preserving source timecode on output
AME CS5 honors timecode information in a source file. If the source starts from 00:00:05:00, then the timeline for the item in Adobe Media Encoder also starts from 00:00:05:00, and not from zero. This timecode information is included in the encoded output file.

improvements to XMP metadata workflow (including metadata thinning)
Among other improvements, you can choose what XMP metadata to pass through into the encoded output file. See “Export and thin XMP metadata”.

cue points for F4V files in data track
Previously, cue points for F4V files were only stored in an XML file. Now they can be embedded in the data track of the F4V file. See “Cue points for FLV and F4V video files”.

lots of little user interface tweaks to make things easier to find and use
Some things were moved out of hard-to-find menus and into the main UI area. Some things were renamed to make them more clear. Et cetera.

BTW, you should also install the Adobe Media Encoder CS5 (5.0.1) update. Instructions for doing so are on this page.


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