6 - Go through each clip manually and ensure that the settings look good before moving on to the next step.
4 | WARP STABILIZER
This will help stabilize your footage to eliminate any extra shakiness and make it look super smooth.
1 - Double click on your footage clip. Click on your effects tab in the upper left corner (Window -> Effects if you don’t see it).
2 - Click ‘Video Effects’ -> ‘Distort’ -> double click ‘Warp Stabilizer’
3 - Set smoothness much lower than 50%, more like 4-10%. This setting doesn’t work for every single clip - it depends on the amount of motion in your footage and the crop of your subject. I find that very close up shots often don’t work. So be sure to watch through each clip and confirm that the footage looks good.
4 - You can copy and paste the warp stabilizer setting to the rest of your clips. You may need to manually click ‘Analyze’ for each clip until you see the ‘frame x of y’ moving.
5 | NEST + BATCH EXPORT FILES
More often than not, you are going to have 20 or more clips from every setting that you’ll want to export for stock footage. How nice would it be to set them all up in a queue to export for you instead of having to do each one by hand.
Here’s how you do it.
1 - You’ll need to nest each clip into its own sequence. Right click the clip and click ‘Nest’.
2 - This will bring up a pop up menu asking you to rename your nested sequence. Name this whatever you want your clip to be called. I prefer to name each of mine by hand, very specific to what is in the clip. This helps me once I get into Shutterstock, Pond5, or Adobe Stock. Since I have named my clips very specifically, I have no trouble remember what’s in them which helps with keyword selection.
3 - The sequence will appear in your project panel. Make sure these are organized into a folder that is easy to find and remember.
4 - Once you’ve done this for every clip, go ahead and select the sequences. Click File -> Export -> Media
5 - This will pop up your export settings. Here are the settings I prefer:
Preset: Apple ProRes HQ (it says ‘custom’ when no audio is checked, this is fine)
Video Codec: Apple ProRes HQ
Several options auto fill in as ‘based on source’ this is fine
Check ‘Render at Maximum Depth’
Check ‘Use Maximum Render Quality’
Once you are happy with your settings, go ahead and hit ‘Queue’ and this will automatically send your files on over to Media Encoder.
6 - We are almost there! Once you are into Media Encoder, your screen should look something like what you see below. If you want to change the file destination, simply click on the blue colored text under the ‘Output File’ column. This will allow you to manually change the name and destination of your file if you wish.
7 - If you are happy with the destination of your final files, go ahead and click the green play button in the upper right corner.
Your work is done! Congratulations, you now have time to go eat dinner, watch Netflix, or go to bed while your computer gets to work exporting all your files. When you wake up in the morning your files will be waiting for you to load them straight onto an ftp.
I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. Leave me some feedback below and let me know if you have any further questions.
How do you batch edit your footage? There are thousands of ways to skin a cat. I’d love to hear your ideas.