When I render using h.264 I get the following error at the very end of the render: "After Effects can't continue. An output module has stopped responding. The file may be damaged or corrupt." I am rendering video game footage in .mp4 format, and I have completed countless renders using the same type of clips and the same settings in the past. My computer is a 6-Core AMD Phenom 2 with 8 GB DDR-3 RAM, 750 GB HDD, and an ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card, and I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit. All drivers are up to date, the latest version of quicktime is installed, and all important windows updates are installed as well.
Things I have tried already:
Rendering to an external hard drive - failed.
Changing how often after effects purges memory during the render - failed.
Move all files over from my PC (where I do all the editing) to my Mac and render from there - same error message.
Uninstall and reinstall Quicktime - failed.
Import project as opposed to opening it - failed.
What I also find odd is that when I render in parts, it works fine. If I render in two halves everything goes normally, which indicates that it isn't a problem with the clips I'm editing. I also tried rendering in Quicktime format using h.264 compression as opposed to just straight h.264, and that worked fine, which leads me to believe it's not a problem with quicktime. I haven't changed anything regarding new plugins or different footage than I've ever used in the past, and this error just started happening.
Here is a screenshot of my render settings in case you need them, and if it makes any difference, the comp is about 4 minutes long and around 200 layers.
I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks so much!
How is the external drive formatted? FAT 32? You may be running into file size limits with the wrong disk formatting.
Thank you for the speedy reply Dave.
It's formatted for windows, but I only rendered onto that as a test to see if the issue was how much space I have on my built in HDD. Typically I just render onto that.