Render Checkpoint System
Hi there! I'm an intermediate editor/VFX artist and coming from some other rendering pipelines like Houdini and Maya, I thought a useful feature if it was possible in AME would be some form of render checkpointing.
I recently worked on a project with many different video/audio layers in Premiere and some dynamically linked comps from After Effects with the final quality render estimated to take 12-16 hours in AME. That's understandable, it was 4K with Lumetri coloring and a very high target bitrate and effects on many shots, but I started to run into problems with exporting from Premiere or AME, usually at the cost of 5-6 hours of rendering time with nothing to show for it.
I know that rendering as an image sequence is generally the solution for these types of things, similarly to 3D applications, but I think some form of render checkpointing in AME would be incredibly useful for larger-scale complex projects that might be prone to failed renders. My thought is being able to add a special marker type in Premiere or AE, similar to a chapter marker, that lets Media Encoder know to render out some type of temp file for every part of the sequence it's gotten to up to that point. That way, users could have control over how it works, at the detriment of available storage space and a small amount of render time to process that temp file, but with the benefit of not having to piecemeal out small sections of a project and then stitch it together later, potentially with quality loss due to compression or an even larger amount of time lost to repeated renders. This could also work as a troubleshooting system for projects like mine that kept failing at particular points, or projects that might have a corrupt effect or frame crashing the render.
I know the engineering that this would take is certainly not ideal and it probably isn't worth the cost of implementation, but as media gets more high-quality and projects get more complex, I feel like this would be an incredibly worthwhile feature to have, especially for professional level, deadline-driven productions.
Thank you very much!