Using Adobe Premiere CS to Encode Video for Alcorn McBride Video Products
Adobe Premiere has easily become one of the most popular video editing software packages on the market. Nowadays, it is equipped with a very powerful Media Encoder utility that’s capable of exporting many formats that are compatible with our video products.
Like all encoding software with a great deal of versatility, the Media Encoder utility has a great deal of settings and options that can be a little overwhelming. To greatly simplify the process, we have created presets for our products that you can easily import into Media Encoder. The following application note explains how to import these presets, and also how to use them.
Installing Adobe Premiere
Before you get started with this application note, you’ll need to have Adobe Premiere installed on your computer. This software can be purchased through Adobe: Adobe Premiere Pro
Download the Alcorn McBride Presets
To make encoding with Adobe Premiere even easier, we have created presets for our various video products. Before moving on, please download the preset file for your Alcorn McBride product:
Importing the Alcorn McBride Presets
Once you have download the correct file, you must extract the zip file to your computer. Inside this ZIP file you will see various EPR preset files for Adobe Premiere. The preset files are labeled appropriately based on the CODEC they use, as well as their resolution and framerate. You must choose the appropriate preset files that you wish to have at your disposal, and then import the EPR files into Adobe Premiere to add them to your preset list. The easiest way to do this is to launch Premiere and then select File–>Export->Media… from the menu.
When the Export Settings screen is open, select MPEG2 as the format. After that, click on the Import Preset button (to the right of the Preset selection) and then select the Alcorn McBride preset file you downloaded earlier. Once you have done this, the new preset will be selected and will be added to the preset list for future use. Click on the Close button to return to the main screen.
Encoding with a Preset
Now that you have loaded the presets into Adobe Premiere, you are ready to use them to encode a video file for your Alcorn McBride video player. First, you must create your video sequence in Adobe Premiere as usual. Next, you select File–>Export->Media… from the menu. Select MPEG2 as the format, and then choose the appropriate Alcorn McBride preset based on the product you are encoding for, resolution, and desired CODEC. After that, just click on the Export or Queue button and the encoding process will begin.
Naming the Exported File
The file extension that Premiere assigns the exported file may vary based on your preset selection. However, it is recommended in all cases that you rename the file extension to .MPG. Beyond that, each product has other features that are accessible by appropriately naming the file. For example, it is possible to give a file a special name so that it is played automatically upon powerup. It is also possible to name a file so that it is easily associated with a number (i.e. File #1). More information on file naming can be found in the User’s Guides of our video products.