Oh geez I hate to even ask this question:
What the heck did I do? Maybe I'm losing it here...
I've been rendering HD videos in H.264 for some time, but all of a sudden I'm getting "settings mismatch" in output module settings.
And my animations are always 1920x1080
Could somebody give me a refresher on selecting comp settings versus render settings? Please?
If I know I'm going to use output module setting of H.264, what size should my original comp be? Does comp setting have to be 1280x720? Cause I've been using 1920x1080.
I've cycled thru just about every output module setting and every render is all grainy and unusable.
Maybe I changed something somewhere and not aware of it?
My Comp Settings:
Preset: HDTV 1080 29.97
width: 1920 px
height: 1080 px
What's got me stumped is the fact that the video/graphics look so crisp and clear while editing and previewing, but rendered video is all grainy and blurry.
H.264 renders out as progressive scan, but 1920x1080 is typically upper field first for most editing applications.
What's the field order you're using? Add the comp to AE's Render Queue and check the Render Settings.
How are you viewing the rendered file? In an editing application? In a viewer?
Personally, I'd be tempted to use 1280x720, 59.94 frames/sec if I had a choice.
Probably the profile and level set too low in the h264 codec options. For 1920x1080 your level should be set at minimum 4.0. For more info look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC#Levels