Can I Close After Effects While Media Encoder Renders?

 Yes, you can close After Effects while Media Encoder renders. Adobe Media Encoder (AME) is a standalone application that can be used to render projects from After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other Adobe applications. AME uses its own encapsulated version of the render engine, so it does not need After Effects to be open in order to render a project.

In fact, closing After Effects can actually improve the rendering performance of AME. This is because After Effects will no longer be using system resources, which will free up those resources for AME to use.

Here are the steps on how to render a project in AME:

  1. Open your project in After Effects and make sure that it is saved.
  2. Go to File > Export > Add to Media Encoder.
  3. In the Media Encoder window, select the desired output format and settings.
  4. Click the “Queue” button.
  5. Once the project is in the queue, you can close After Effects.
  6. AME will begin rendering the project.

Benefits of Closing After Effects While Rendering

There are several benefits to closing After Effects while rendering:

  • Improved rendering performance. As mentioned above, closing After Effects can free up system resources for AME to use, which can improve the rendering performance.
  • Frees up your computer. Closing After Effects will free up your computer so you can use it for other tasks while your project is rendering.
  • Prevents conflicts. If you have any plugins or scripts installed in After Effects, they could potentially conflict with AME if After Effects is open while rendering. Closing After Effects will eliminate this risk.

Tips for Rendering in AME

Here are a few tips for rendering in AME:

  • Use the “Maximum render quality” setting to get the best possible output quality.
  • Use the “Render preview” option to preview your output before rendering.
  • If you are rendering a long project, you can use the “Resume rendering” option to resume rendering from where it left off if you have to stop the process.


Yes, you can close After Effects while Media Encoder renders. In fact, it is often recommended to do so in order to improve rendering performance and free up your computer.

I hope this article was helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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