Fix issues with current Export window before spending resources on new 'Quick Export' feature!
While new features are usually exciting, the new 'Quick Export' Pr 14.5.0 beta is disheartening because rather than fixing issues in the current ‘Export Settings’ window, it adds workflow inconsistencies that ironically, make the ‘Quick’ tool slower to use!
ISSUES WITH 'QUICK EXPORT':
1. No keyboard assignable shortcut. Power users want keyboard shortcuts! The ‘Export Settings’ window can be opened with keyboard shortcuts, so why can’t ‘Quick Export’? Shortcuts are always faster than mousing over to a little button!
2. The position of the ‘Quick Export’ button is terrible for two reasons:
1.Not all users use the Workspaces panel, so the button won’t be available in any workspace layout that doesn’t include this panel.
2.Users who do use the Workspaces panel will almost certainly have it at the very top of the screen. This maximizes mouse travel to reach the ‘Quick Export’ button.
A much better place for the button is in the Program Monitor’s button bar (see picture). While not everyone uses the ‘Workspaces’ panel, 100% of Pr users use the Program Monitor, meaning it would be available in ALL workspace layouts! Since the buttons in the Program Monitor are at the bottom of the window, this also would minimize mouse travel to reach it in most workspace layouts.
3. The export location defaults to the 'Documents' folder on Windows 10 every time a project is reopened. The export location should always default to the last used location, on a project per project basis!
4. The Preset defaults back to ‘Match Source – Adaptive High Bitrate’ every single time the tool is used. It should always default to the last preset used!
5. The blue 'Export' button can't be activated by hitting 'Enter'. Mousing over to click a button is always slower than using a keyboard shortcut, so enabling 'Enter' is a must for maximum efficiency (the 'Export Settings' window does allow users to hit Enter to activate the 'Queue' button, so the omission of this in the Quick Export window is both strange and inconsistent)
ISSUES WITH ‘EXPORT SETTINGS’ WINDOW (That should be fixed first!):
1. The export location always defaults to the last used location, regardless of which project was used to export. This makes zero sense. When working back and forth on two or more projects, users want their exports to go into the correct folder relative to the current project being worked on (e.g. If a user exports from project ‘Test 2’ into that project’s ‘Exports’ folder, when later working on project ‘Test 1’, exports should automatically go into the last export location used for project ‘Test 1’ and NOT the last used export location for project ‘Test 2’!
2. When scrolling down the Video or Audio tabs using the mouse wheel, if the cursor momentarily stops over a drop down menu, turning the mouse wheel further will scroll through the menu’s options rather than scrolling further down the tab. This can result in settings being changed by mistake! To avoid this problem, drop down menus in the Export Settings window should only allow changes by clicking to open the menu first!
3. The lit ‘Queue’ button can be activated by pressing Enter. This is handy. However, some use the ‘Export’ button much more often. For these users, there should be a way to have the ‘Export’ button lit by default.
4. Custom keyboard shortcuts to open the ‘Export Settings’ window only work if the Timeline or the Program Monitor are active. If any other window is active, ‘Export Media’ shortcuts no longer work. This isn’t intuitive nor helpful.
Rather than introduce a poorly implemented new feature, fix the issues with the current Export Settings window first.
And only then…
1. Rather than making ‘Quick Export’ a completely separate window, combine it with the current ‘Export Settings’ window! Give users 2 display options: ‘Fewer details’ (i.e.‘Quick Export’), and ‘More details’ (i.e. current ‘Export Settings’window). This way, both interfaces could be called up using the same Export button (added to the Program Monitor) or using the same keyboard shortcut! This could work similar to the way the Task Manager works in Windows, with a single button that dynamically changes text depending on the current view (see picture).
2. Make the display setting 'sticky': e.g. if a user toggles to ‘Fewer details’, calling up the export window later would show the same view, even when reopening a project or creating a new one.
3. Add custom export presets to the Quick Export view’s Preset drop-down menu.
4. Make the export Preset ‘sticky’: right now, ‘Quick Export’ defaults back to ‘Match Source – Adaptive High Bitrate’ every single time it is used, whereas ‘Export Settings’ defaults back to ‘Match Source – High bitrate’ every time a project is reopened. This is frustrating. Make the last used setting sticky in both cases, even when reopening a project.
The ‘Quick Export’ tool adds inconsistent interface elements and doesn’t fix any of the current Export window’s issues. Rather than continue on this messy path, I highly recommend combining the great idea of a simplified export interface into the existing window, thus optimizing both interfaces in the process!
As always, thanks for listening!
I hope itemizing each request in a separate FR like this helps the Pr team address the many flaws in Quick Export:
Thanks for the feedback. Ok, I'll keep FRs for Beta versions in the Beta Forum.
It's nice to see a keyboard shortcut was added to Quick Export tool! Now that this tool is officially released, I'll submit separate FRs and BRs as you suggest.
You wrote "If the product team sees more than one bug addressed, they tend to ignore it."
If Adobe staff find more than one FR or BR in a single post, they often simply dismiss it? That seems rather inconsiderate considering all users who contribute their time on User Voice do so out of their own good heart and own free (unpaid) time. Of course we want to make it easier for Adobe to implement fixes to the bugs we find and to consider the improvements we'd like to see. But to find out that those reports can be outright dismissed because they don't come served the right way, no matter how valid they may be, is concerning to say the least. If this is truly the case, then there should absolutely be clear mention of this on User Voice! Please see the attached frame grab. As you'll notice, there's zero mention of 1 idea/post anywhere.
Thank you for your continued support. I just truly hope the Adobe reps monitoring User Voice aren't as quick to dismiss posts as you make it sound.
That said, I'm going to post separate FRs for each point above now as you suggest! :)
Kevin Monahan commented
Pierre, I would ask that you please put feature requests for beta versions in the beta forums in the future, not here.
It's semantics and nothing personal, but by the time a beta feature goes live, some of these items might be addressed and that would add confusion. For example, a shortcut is available for Quick Export in the shipping version.
It's also a better idea to separate bugs and feature requests into separate listings. If the product team sees more than one bug addressed, they tend to ignore it.
I would have waited to post this until 14.5 came out officially, then create your request here.
I would create one post for Quick Export.
I would create another post for Export Settings dialog box in a separate post.
This might not yet be known to you, but I thought I'd reach out. The way the team might see this is as 2 separate requests (since you have demarcated the request by putting two requests with capital letters into one request) and with that, might not be considered. Keep items separated out as much as possible as a tip.
P.S. I am in support and am only giving advice as to what works best for the Premiere Pro team. OK?
Thanks Antoine! If you notice anything in my proposed solution that could be improved upon, please share!
Antoine Autokroma commented
Good ideas !