4 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 10:24 PM by Mylenium RSS

    Rendering for play on a TV?

    Jasper Little




      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.

        • 1. Re: Rendering for play on a TV?
          Todd_Kopriva Adobe Employee

          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:


          • 2. Re: Rendering for play on a TV?
            Jasper Little Community Member

            I'm actually using a Classroom Media Controller produced by SAFARI Montage. It's a device that is designed for digital signage.





            • Displays Pathways SM managed media through projectors or other display types
            • Preserves the teacher’s workstation for other uses
            • Supports school-wide "All-Call" and "All-Off" features
            • Supports up to 720p resolution
            • Real-time status reporting viewable via SAFARI Montage server
            • Requires SAFARI Montage 4.0 and Pathways SM Module

            General Specifications

            • Intel® Dual Core AtomTM 330
            • 1 Gigabyte of RAM
            • 5.1 Channel audio subsystem
            • 10/100/1000 Mb/sec LAN
            • PS/2 port (keyboard)
            • 1 VGA port
            • 4 USB


            It comes with pre-loaded content. Is it very difficult to reverse engineer one of these videos to see what settings it was encoded/created at? Again, I'm kind of teaching myself as I go here.

            • 3. Re: Rendering for play on a TV?
              A.I.1 Community Member

              "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?

              • 4. Re: Rendering for play on a TV?
                Mylenium MVP

                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...