Create Render Presets in Adobe Media Encoder

Premiere Pro November 24, 2018 3 min read

Like plenty of people in video production and motion graphics, you’re probably using Premiere Pro or After Effects for your projects. But are you using Adobe Media Encoder for your renders and exports? If not, check it out! 

As well as rendering your files in the background, leaving your software free to work on other projects, you can create render presets without having to set them up individually for Premiere Pro and After Effects. In fact, setting up a Media Encoder render preset is pretty simple, and you can learn how to do it here.

How to Make a Render Preset Using Adobe Media Encoder

Step 1: Download the Latest Adobe Media Encoder

First, download the newest version of Adobe Media Encoder from your Creative Cloud download manager if you haven’t already. 

Download Media Encoder

Step 2: Create Your Render Preset

Next, create your render preset. Essentially all you’re doing here is building your render settings within Media Encoder. You’ll then save them as a template so you can get your videos out much quicker. 

  1. Open Adobe Media Encoder. 
  2. Click the Plus (+) button under the Preset Browser tab
  3. Click Create Encoding Preset to start a new preset.
Create a Render Preset

A new popup box will appear with all of your settings. 

Select a unique name for your preset. Clear names like H.264 Half HD with Audio will let you find exactly what you need quickly in the future.

Preset Settings

Select your format: H.264, QuickTime, TIFF, or whatever you need. 

You can also look at the Based on Preset dropdown to see if there is another preset with similar settings to help get you started. This can save you some time in setup, or you can customize everything on your own.

Explore the settings tabs and create your preset.

  1. Click on the Video tab and set your chosen Resolution, Frame Rate, Field Order, Aspect Ratio, and more.
  2. Click on Audio and customize your audio settings like Audio Format, Codec, Sample Rate, Channels, and other options.
  3. Take some time to explore other tabs. The Publish tab may be useful if you want to render and publish directly to YouTube, Facebook, or several other online destinations.
  4. Hit OK, and your new preset will appear in the preset browser. 

Now all you have to do is set up your render to point to Media Encoder, and drag your preset onto the new render link in Media Encoder.

New Render Link

Step 3: Share Your Preset

To move your preset to a new computer or share with someone, simply right-click on the preset and click Export Presets. You will generate an .epr file which can be dragged back into Media Encoder or added by clicking Preset from the menu bar then Import.


If you aren’t already making the most of Adobe Media Encoder, it’s probably time to put it to use. As well as allowing you to render files in the background while still working on an edit, the efficiency of using render presets instead of manually changing your settings every export will have a huge impact on your workflow.