I'm using After Effects CS3 (yeah, I know it's old) and I'm rendering my composition out. When I Add to Render Queue I have to change the settings like Render Settings & Output Module every time.

Is there a way to set these once and have AE use them every time you Add to Render Queue?

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I'm pretty sure it hasn't changed since CS3 (in fact It's been the same for as long as I can remember): in Edit > Templates > Render Settings >. Another way of getting to this dialogue is from the Render Settings drop-down in the render queue. At the bottom of the list of templates in the drop-down is Make Template…

Choosing that brings up the dialogue box pictured below. Up the top of the dialogue box you'll find Movie Default; set that to whatever template you want to be the default for renders. If you haven't got a template that has the settings you need then you can make one here - hit the New button, set all your settings and give it a name. I find duplicating an existing one and modifying it a useful way to go.

Same goes for the output modules, which you get to from Edit > Templates > Output Modules, or from the Output Modules drop-down in the render queue.

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  • Thanks for getting that posted, I'll delete my answer since you beat me to getting the screenshots up. I can also confirm with 95% certainty that it has not changed substantially since CS3 off the top of my head. It was like this prior to CS entirely.
    – AJ Henderson
    Feb 10, 2014 at 20:57
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    I am pretty sure there is a way to get to that screen from the Render Queue settings as well, but I can't remember what link it is off the top of my head.
    – AJ Henderson
    Feb 10, 2014 at 20:59
  • Yep, indeed there is, as always there's several ways of doing anything in After Effects. I've amended my answer.
    – stib
    Feb 10, 2014 at 22:11

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