Adobe Media Encoder Q

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  • CyBrainX

    Adobe's weakest "program" doesn't seem capable of cropping an area of interest using their cropping feature. I made sure to use the "Change output to match source" option but I still got a 1920x1080 movie. Is there something I'm missing? Meanwhile I used area of interest settings in After Effects.

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  • err0

    Let me get this straight.
    Your source is 1920x1080.
    You want to crop the video and make it smaller than the original.
    (like if its square you want the final output to be 1080x1080)

    when you click "Change output to match source" its matching the original 1920x1080.

    • good point!prophetone
    • The other options are Scale to Fit, Stretch to Fill, Scale to Fit with Black Borders. Which of those should work?CyBrainX
  • prophetone0

    Check the forums, the latest AME is a trainwreck at moment. The simplest 30 sec encode involves like 25 minutes of hurry up and wait, if it even gets permission from the server etc - so frustrating. I couldn't even imagine what this must be like for those encoding +1h projects 'professionally'.

    • I've known that for years. In this case, it's a clip that's a few seconds long. I'm not having a long wait this time, just getting the right result.CyBrainX
  • imbecile0

    I never have this problem
    Create a comp with your desired dimensions
    Place / scale footage to suit
    Click Composition > Add to Media Encoder
    Under the Preset dropdown, select Match Source - High bitrate
    Press Play

    • I just tried every setting for Source Scaling. Change Output Size to Match Source was the only one that displayed properly but still output 1920x1080.CyBrainX
  • shapesalad0

    HandBrake all the way...

  • cherub0

    I'm pretty sure adobe media encoder use of the word "source" refers to the original video you opened in the app.

    If the original video was 1920 x 1080, then when you "change the output to match the source" the encoder will do exactly what you told it, and give you a 1920 x 1080 video. An area of interest just means the encoder crops before deciding about the final size/scaling to apply.

    Use scale to fit, and only work in the vertical dimension. Ignore the width of the video for now, and ask youself... how many pixels tall do I want my final video? And looking at the original video, whether cropping is applied or not, am I scaling up(making larger) or scaling down(making smaller).

    Reason I am saying ignore the width is because some programs won't even let you make a square video because the 1:1 ratio is not allowed. 5:4, 4:3, 16:9, are likely what you are forced to use. If this is the case, get the height correct, and allow the encoder to add black bars on the side to makeup the width needed to hit a normal aspect ratio. Adding black bars is called "letterboxing."

    Also, change your composition to the correct size in the vertical dimension at least. If your composition is 1080 tall, you are telling the program that's the height you desire for the final video.

    • Wow. If that's what it takes, I'll just use area of interest in After Effects in the future. That's what I did yesterday and it was fine.CyBrainX
    • I can't remember the last time anyone asked me to crop a video like that anyway.CyBrainX