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Jasper Little
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Rendering for play on a TV?

May 3, 2012 9:13 PM




I am rather new to After Effects and am having some issues getting a video to render properly for playing on a TV. The video renders just fine and plays great on my PC in QuickTime, VLC Player, Windows Media Player, etc.



It's when I try to play it on a TV that I'm running into issues. The video appears to be blurry and the text is totally unreadable. It's a real short video, a little over a minute in length. I've scoured the internet for proper rendering settings and I can not seem to get anything to work. These were my latest settings:



Composition Settings:



Present: HDTV 1080 25


Width: 1920 px


Height: 1080 px



Pixel Aspect Ration: Square Pixels


Frame Rate: 25


Resolution: Third



Render Settings:





Quality: Best


Resolution: Full



Size: 1920 x 1080


Disk Cache: Read Only



Time Sampling:


Frame Blending: On for Checked Layers


Frame Rate is using comp's frame rate of 25.00


Field Render: Off


Motion Blue: On for Checked Layers


Time Span: Work Area Only



Output Module Settings:


Format: H.264


Post-Render Action: None



Video Output: Checked


Channels: RGB


Depth: Millions of Colors


Color: Premultiplied (Matter)



Format Options:



Profile: High


Level: 4.2


VBR, 1 Pass


Target Bitrate: 10


Maximum Bitrate: 30






Would it be better for me to export the video into Adobe Premiere and then render there? I'm really a novice and am trying to learn. Though, this stuff does not have a very gentle learning curve. Thanks for any help that you can provide.

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    May 3, 2012 9:15 PM   in reply to Jasper Little

    What are you using to play this on your TV? A DVD player? What is the player device? That will dictate what format and encoding preset you should use.


    See this:


    I recommend starting here to learn After Effects:

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    Feb 20, 2012
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    May 3, 2012 10:15 PM   in reply to Jasper Little

    "Supports up to 720p resolution"


    Your composition and output is 1920x1080.  Have you tried having your comp and output at 720p (1280x720) and making text at a size easily readable at 720p?

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    May 3, 2012 10:24 PM   in reply to Jasper Little

    As A.I. said, your settings are wrong and the output is scaled somehow, hence the blurriness. An additional second scaling by whatever projector/ display you are using may further compound matters. Otehr than that there could of course be more general issues with how this box handles H.264 video, but that's difficult to judge not knowing how it exactly expects its footage...



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