Hello. I am very new to animating and using After Effects.
I want the pixel dimensions to be 480 px by 270 px or similar, while maintaining a bright, clean look as seen in After Effects. How would I achieve this?
I have tried rendering as avi, flv, MPEG, h.264 and adjusting the 'resize quality' setting to high. Could someone please tell me how to set the render options to be 480 px by 270 px while looking clean?
(I have no problem with rendering a high quality 1960 px by 1080 px animation, but this is not appropriate for email or displaying on Facebook. )
Thank you for reading,
Hmm, I think maybe I'm asking for the wrong thing, or maybe I'm not understanding the export process for animation. I'll try explaining my problem again.
Look at this animation by a different artist. The image is clean and crisp, the animation is fluid, but the animation is *fixed* at 418 by 532 pixels.
My original animation is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. After Effects already demonstrates that my animation will look clean at 25% of the original size in the working area.
So how do I export what I see at 25%? (Fixed size, around 480 by 269 pixels. )
If you want your final movie to be 480 pixels wide (which is very small) then your comp should be 480 pixels wide to start with. If you think you ever would want it bigger then working a HD Comp is probably a better idea. Scaling things down will always reduce quality but there are better ways to do it than use the resize feature in the Output Module is my least favorite way to resize anything. You need the power of multi pass rendering to render high quality videos for delivery to the web. You can only get that with the Adobe Media Encoder. You can add your comps to the AME.
BTW, I put full HD quicktimes on YouTube all the time and they play just fine on FaceBook. You shouldn't ever be e-mailing movies, but you can host them somewhere like Vimeo or YouTube and e-mail links.
Here's a look at some of the options in the AME for H.264 I'd suggest one of teh 480P options if you really need that size. You'll get much better results:
The format you are choosing is small pixels as Todd was mentioning. I suggest FLV out. Just becuase the player is set at 418x532 does not mean the file is larger. Look at the lossless line in Render area. Reduce by 50% so it is a smaller file and try FLV especially if it Vector Art. That is a Flash file I believe.
Please on another note... I want to know if your AE work interface has a minus, reduce and close like a browser in the Top RHside? I ask because I have been having problems with AE for two days and think that is missing? Thank you in advance
I have tried FLV, MPEG, H.264 and AVI.
This is what I do.
File -> Export -> Add to Render Queue.
Lossless -> [I Choose a Format ] -> Resize to 480 by 270 (25%) -> Resize Quality = High.
Ok -> Render.
Afterward, the animation looks like the second screenshot. The quality is very different to what After Effects shows me at 25% in the first screenshot, and (strangely) what After Effects shows me *while* rendering. (When I'm watching the animation being rendered, it looks high in quality while being small. )
I've also tried opening the video on different browsers and video players. There's very little difference between them all.
Also, yes, this resized version is just for web uploading and personal use. (Like, sending a file to my friend on Facebook, or carrying the file on a USB. I wouldn't want to send over a 1960 by 1080 file to someone, or place such a large file on my USB, haha. )
Rick is the Man... Send it over to Media Encoder if you have it... There it can be encoded like Sorenson squeeze keeping entegrity while compressing the file. As Rick stated you should set your comp size to what you are going to be your finish size...
Hey Rick Quick ? as Anna looked over it. Not to jack this thread. I got issues on my puter for the last two days. I could of sworn AE has the browser close and minus icons in the Top RHside to close or minus, or shrink. Mine are gone! IF I uninstall reinstall must I deactivate AE as it was a suite I bought and paid for the discs..?
So if my original composition is 1960 by 1080, there's no way to resize it? Would my only solution be to... I don't know, install a video-screen-capture program to capture what's on my screen when I render? *shrug*
What is multi-pass rendering, and what is an encoder?
Does the Adobe Media Encoder open After Effects files? Or am I importing the 1960 by 1080 composition into Adobe Media Encoder for a resize?
Sorry for so many questions. This is my very first animation and it's been an overwhelming journey of information.
(By the way, this is mostly a puppet animation. All images were created in photoshop, and I have been using key frames, the transform tool and the puppet tool to move these images. )
I'm new to the program, but assuming that you are talking about the general minus/enlarge/close buttons found in most programs... Yes? Mine display on the top right corner. I am using Windows 7 with After Effects CS6 if this helps.
Netcommercial, do you mean the standard Windows icons at the upper right corner? If so, I haven't opened CS6 on a Windows machine in months and I never used those icons either so I can't tell you for sure if they should be there. I know that the look of Widows 8 is a lot different and MSWord is really hard to get around on the new OS because of the look changes so maybe they went away in AE. I just don't know.
As far as deactivating for a re-install, that's always a good idea. It shouldn't be a problem if you are staying on the same machine but why take the chance.
I'm just using After Effects CS6, not a suite. I'll download a trial of Adobe Media Encoder.
So if I have Adobe Media Encoder, how would I use it? Do I export my animation as a 1960 by 1080 avi or flv, and then resize this animation inside the encoder? Or do I open my After Effects file, *in* the encoder, and export it from there?
See link above. Check it out... You can also do my original idea of export as SWF see File>Export> Export as Flash (SWF) file will be smaller.... Or try the comp settings Cntrl "K" and change the parameters to a smaller file before doing so then check the quality. IF that is Vector Art and you have the Little sunshine icon checked in your Time line you should be good.
> I'm just using After Effects CS6, not a suite. I'll download a trial of Adobe Media Encoder.
Adobe Media Encoder is installed by After Effects.
BTW, SWF export from After Effects does not export vectors except in a very narrow range of conditions. I would never recommend SWF export from After Effects.
NO you will want to Cntrl "K" to open your Comp settings to adjust the size of it... According to Todd you DO have MEDIA ENCODER already. I have yet to see it? Maybe it's the small amount of choices under Custom Tab for export? Hopefully Todd will ring in with a specific path to access it or, you can google using Media encoder in AE 6
You open Adobe Media Encoder like you open any other application (e.g., from the Start menu on Windows, the Application folder on Mac OS). You can then add compositions from After Effects to the Adobe Media Encoder (AME) encoding queue in a number of ways, including dragging them from the Project panel in After Effects to the AME queue or choosing Add After Effects Composition in AME.
I was not sure I ever saw it as an option in the Render Que.. Yet, I have the M.Collection so I have that already. As does Anna apparently, from you last post. I posted the link how to use it, I just assumed that it was not there for her, as she stated; "she needed to Dload a free trial". Hence me asking how to find it in AE, which you don't, you open it from start then select a file, etc....
So Anna there you go.. Start>Programs>Adobe Media Encoder voila' You will need to export your large HD file out of AE and park it somewhere so you can find it with M.E to encode it. However I would still shrink it to the size you are going to render it to via Comp Settings. No point in compressing pixels if you have it there to do right, as Rick originally stated. I was only trying to give a work around as I thought you did not have M.E hence the SWF suggy.
Hi everyone! So it turns out that I had to push the 'bit rate' up to 300. (Before I was rendering at 15 bit rate. ) For a minute of animation, I was given 36MB; which isn't bad.
Thank you for all trying to help, I appreciate the respones!