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

    Rendering for play on a TV?

    Jasper Little Community Member

      Hello,

       

       

      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:

       

       

      Composition:

       

      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

       

       

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      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:

          http://forums.adobe.com/thread/729526

           

          I recommend starting here to learn After Effects:

          http://adobe.ly/bjBT3P

          • 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.

             

            http://www.safarimontage.com/Products/psm_cmc.aspx

             

            Features

            • 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...

                 

                Mylenium