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I create files so big I can't play them?

Nov 27, 2012 5:25 PM

I just can't wrap my head around this idea.


How come, when I render out a video file (and it doesn't have to be a long movie) in 1920 X 1080 - H264, I end up with a MULTI-Gigabyte file that is so large I can't play it on my Apple TV, can't even watch it on my computer. It seems the hardware just isn't fast enough (or powerful enough) to play it.


When I render it out in 1280 X 720 format (using the Vimeo preset/H264) it plays just fine; but, of course, it isn't 1920 X 1080. And it doesn't have that crystal clear resolution I see in HD.


I've read some stuff about outputting projects to suit the customer's "playback" requirements, but who can play such huge files? Do you need a Cray SuperComputer (which they don't even make anymore) to play these files back?


If you could point me to some docs on this topic, I'd appreciate it.




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    Nov 27, 2012 6:46 PM   in reply to StaceeJaxx

    What are your media, sequence and export settings?  Be detailed.

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    Nov 28, 2012 9:00 PM   in reply to StaceeJaxx

    If you like the Vimeo presets, just limit the AE export to 5Mb/s. That should be the same as the Premiere Pro export.

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