Batch Export All Clips Quickly from Premiere Pro with our Panel

by Antoine on April 24th, 2020
(Originally published on February 8th, 2020)
Tired of exporting manually all your individual clips from Premiere Pro ? We got you covered with our new panel !

What is the MultiRender feature from AfterCodecs ?

AfterCodecs, our Adobe CC Exporter plugin new "MultiRender" feature helps you export multiple clips at once from your Premiere Pro sequence. It means you'll only need to click Export and configure codecs parameters once, which is a huge save of your precious time. The way we do this is that AfterCodecs is parsing your timeline's markers to know from when to when to export and with which prefix for the file output name. Previously you had to create the markers manually, as our previous blog post explains, which could be a pain in some situations. That's why we developed a new Panel for Premiere Pro that looks like this :
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel
This new panel can be installed with our installer, just update AfterCodecs for free here ! On Mac OSX you should make sure you tick the "AfterCodecs Panel" checkbox. Just make sure to download the latest version of AfterCodecs because this new panel is only available from version 1.8

How to use our Panel

AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Open b
To show the panel, just click on the topbar Windows -> Extensions -> AfterCodecs Panel. Now that you see the panel you only have one choice left :
  • If you don't want to render all clips from the timeline, select them first, then click the "Add Markers for Selected Clips" button
  • If you want to render all clips from the timeline, make sure you have a sequence / timeline opened and containing a video track with your clips and one of the two first buttons "Add Markers for All Video Tracks" or "Add Markers for First Video Track"
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Selecting Clips
Once one of "Add Markers" button is clicked you should have a confirmation of the MultiRender markers written. As you can see their Comments section will be prefixed by an underscore "_" to indicate to our plugin AfterCodecs they are MultiRender markers (you could have other markers in your timeline that are not related to this feature).
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Markers Added

Now export with AfterCodecs !

AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Export
Export, select "AfterCodecs" in the format list, click the "AfterCodecs Open Settings" button and tick the "MultiRender" checkbox as shown at the bottom of the second screenshot :
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Open Settings
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Configure
Premiere Pro or Media Encoder should be exporting all your clips one by one now :
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Exporting
Once finished, you should have all your files output in the same folder as the target with their names as a suffix before the extension :
AfterCodecs MultiRender Panel Resulting Output Files

Limitations of MultiRender

First let's talk about what MultiRender can't do :
  • Your clips needs to have the same resolution and framerate because you need to place them in the same sequence to export
  • You can't export audio only with AfterCodecs (yet)
  • The exported clips won't have their timecode written into output files
  • It will only export parts of your timeline, not the clips as separate entities of your timeline. When you have multiple video tracks it won't render the layers below if they are hidden by clips on top. But you can disable the top video tracks before exporting if you wish to only render one video track for example
Contact us if you need to overcome those limitations !

Benefits of MultiRender

We believe our new method is the best one available so far, here's a breakdown of its benefits :
  • This method is painlessly scalable to hundreds of clips, the same process will be used and only a few click with our Panel buttons !
  • You are absolutely sure the rendered items will have the same encoding settings applied to them
  • You can prefix the output filenames with whatever name you want
  • You can customize the markers yourself after using the panel or without using the panel at all, store the markers inside your Premiere Pro project for later and multiple use
  • You'll also get only one Item queue in Adobe Media Encoder
  • You can use Premiere Pro to render quickly the individual clips
  • From Premiere Pro CC 2018 you can change the timeline clip name and this will affect the Markers Comments suffix (hence the output filename !), and this without changing the Source Clip name in the project panel


How do I render only audio clips ?

You can select audio tracks to add markers with the "Add Markers for Selected Clips" button, but you can't disable the Video output in AfterCodecs, yet. Contact us if you need this to export audio only !

Why has my timeline been rendered multiple times ?

Also when you select multiple clips to add markers to your timeline with the panel, if they are on different tracks you might add markers at the same time marks on your timeline.
MultiRender only renders parts of your timeline : it means if you merge multiple clips by stacking them on multiple video tracks it will render the result of this process ! Basically what you see on your Sequence monitor (preview of your timeline) is what you can export with the MultiRender feature. All effects added on your clips will also be included in the exports !
You can disable some video and audio tracks before exporting though, if you only want to render one particular video track.

How do I change the names of the clip without changing the name in the Project Panel ?

From Premiere Pro CC 2018 included you can right click on any clip on your timeline and rename it without changing the Source clip (from the Project panel), and our panel will take that new "sequence clip name" for the Markers Comments (and hence the output file suffix)

Is it compatible with Media Encoder ?

Yes, of course. Just send your sequence to Media Encoder, it will keep the markers and AfterCodecs for Media Encoder will be able to read them as long as you tick that checkbox in AfterCodecs Codec Settings. Please note that AfterCodec for Media Encoder is a different product than AfterCodecs for Premiere Pro that needs a separate license. But if you always want to use Media Encoder you don't need to buy AfterCodecs for Premiere Pro you could only use AfterCodecs for Media Encoder !

What if my clips are not from the same sequence ?

No worries, as long as they have the same resolution and framerate you can create a sequence from the first clip and drag & drop the remaining clips on your timeline, they'll be stacked on the first video track and all you need to do is to click the "Add Markers for First Video Track" button !

I have more needs not covered by this panel !

Please contact us to tell us more about your workflow to see how we can improve on this MultiRender feature !