After Effects Background Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder

After Effects background rendering isn’t always necessary but it can make your life a lot easier. And with Adobe Media Encoder, which is included in the Adobe Suite, you can do it in no time.




How it works


The way that Adobe Media Encoder can read your After Effects project file is because of Adobe’s “Dynamic Link.” The dynamic link essentially connects programs in the Adobe suite together, so if you wanted to put the After Effects file that your working on into that edit of yours in Adobe Premier you can do this without rendering anything out. The goal of this is to cut out the render time and extra render files that would come up by bringing these files into each other.

Adobe Dynamic Link in After Effects

To render your After Effects file in Media Encoder all you have to do is drag and drop your After Effects project file inside of Media Encoder. Simple as that. You can pick and choose how you want to encode it and how many different ways you want to encode it. It will render it in the background and you are free to do whatever you want back in After Effects with a somewhat minimal performance hit. Keep in mind that this is just a background render so it isn’t going to render faster than it would straight out of After Effects, in fact it will take significantly longer – How much longer depends on what else you are doing in After Effects or any other program. The Adobe Suite programs communicate with each other and depending on what you are doing in After Effects the Dynamic Link between them will allocate either more or less memory to the background render of Media Encoder and attempt to give you a smooth experience in AE (or other adobe programs) while still rendering. So basically the background render is low priority memory wise and the dynamic link will give you more power in After Effects to do what you’re doing which will in turn make your background render take much longer.

For more information on the Adobe Dynamic link please visit the Adobe help website.

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  • Megaman

    what if it is a 32 bit project?

    • Glen Faught

      The short answer. Sort of… But, apparently, not quite yet? I’m going to link you to a thread in the Adobe Community Forums – in response number 14 of that thread Tim Kurkoski goes into some detail on this.
      Hopefully this helps you.

  • Derek

    Awesome! Never knew about that. Now I can stop asking for us to buy BG Render. Your the man!

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  • hadipour

    very very good like

  • Bobo Hongkong

    like ur site name …
    little like digital tutors..
    thank u

  • Sal

    Rendering a 30 second file directly from AE took 50 minutes. Encoding the same file via AME, with AE closed, AME being the only program open: 14 hours.

  • devin

    If you change the composition in After Effects while you are rendering in the background, does it mess up something with the render? Can you do everything with the composition that is rendering in the background?

    It’s confusing to me.

    • Lindblado

      No. Nothing happens if you change the composition. But you just cannot save the “new” compesition while rendering.

  • Doron

    If i got a project i am working on and its 10Min but by now i only did 3Min, does my in and out points work for media encoder? can i use it for 10sec in the middle of my film?

  • Satol

    If I render AE composition with Media Encoder, the AE read the input video file unjustifiably lot. For example when it rendered a project, which has only one imported file, an about 2 GB video file, the render had take more than 2 hours and this video was read by AE with 30MB/s in the whole render time. So the AE read more than 220GB data, all from an about 2 GB file. Why read it multiple times (video was used once and wasn’t cut), and how can I solve this problem?

  • Manuel Jokiel

    There is a new Background render manager called raenderPRO. You are able to manage a huge job list and you can render up to 8 processes at the same time, change the AE App language and clear the “Disc Cache”.