Temporarily disable watch folders

Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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I've noticed when I've done a fresh install of AME it launches very quickly, just a few seconds. After I've set up my watch folders, 75 outputs to be exact, it takes over 1 mintue to fully launch AME. This is highly annoying for when I need to do a quick transcode to down-rez a file for client approval, fewer than 10 seconds.

My question - Is there a way to temporarily disable the watch folders during launch? Perhaps hold the SHIFT key or something similar, which disables the watch folders just for this session but fully restores upon closing and re-launch at another time.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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This isn't possible as it's a pretty niche need. However, have you considered using the Public Beta for quick transcodes with no Watch Folders setup and the public version for your watch folders?

 

If you're not familiar, you can install the public betas from the left side ("Beta Apps" category) of the Creative Cloud Desktop app. These can be installed alongside the public versions without causing any issues since they get their own sets of preferences.

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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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Thanks David,

I thought it was the case since I hadn't found any answers during my research. I was aware of the checkbox feature, though, which turns off auto-encode of watch folders. The downside to that option is one has to load up AME first, then hit the checkbox for the next session. I supposed I could also figure out a routine that keeps the checkbox on. It hadn't dawned on me to load another version of AME on the system, either. Thanks for the suggestion.

 

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You're welcome. I went the other way and got annoyed that my encodes kept starting when I didn't want to use the Watch Folders, so I eventually shut them off by default. If it helps any, you can go into the preferences and change the delay before Watch Folder encoding starts.

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