You need to provide exact render settings, comp settings, info about your footage. Nobody can say anything based on such vague statements.
My composition is 1280x720. Which is what I'd like the final video to be.
When iI go to render the video as an MPEG4, a yellow triangle appears at the bottom that says settings mismatch. I click that and a it reads, "Warning: Output file will be resized from 1280x720 (1.00 PAR) to 176x120 (1.21 PAR) to meet format constraints."
Let me know if I need to provide any more info.
You are using a wrong MPEG preset. Pick another one in the render settings. And seriously read the help on that topic. This is basic stuff.
Thanks! I thought MPEG4 was just the commonly used format.
Could you describe when to use MPEG4 versus the MPEG2?. Which is what I went with and is working for me.
Nevermind, I'll read the help tips. Thanks for your time.
You are mixing up formats and presets. MPEG2 and MPEG4 are formats. You should be able to export with MPEG4 just fine, at full size. However, you're using an MPEG4 preset that's scaling down your footage.
The MPEG2 format you selected must have a default preset that renders at full size.
MPEG2 is an older format, used on DVDs. MPEG4 is newer, more compressible (i.e. same quality as MPEG2 at a lesser bitrate), and is the primary standard used for online video. I would recommend using MPEG4.
And as Mylenium states, you need to look at the help for this.
Well, I know I'm being a pain in the butt, however, I'm looking through the help section trying to figure out how to render as an MPEG4 without resizing my video and I'm having trouble.
I know this is basic for you guys. If anyone could direct me to the right section or simply tell me where to go to turn off this auto resizing, that would be greatly appreciated.
No worries. We were all there at some point!
Are you using AE CC or CS6? It looks like CC no longer allows you to render an MPEG4 straight out of AE. You now have to use Adobe Media Encoder. This changes the steps in a huge way, and might be what's causing some confusion.
So let me know whether CC or CS6, and I'll share the steps.
I'm using the creative cloud.
Mpeg formats, DV formats, and several other formats are very picky about frame size and frame rates. Pick something non standard and you'll have to use a codec that will render to any frame size and any frame rate or the footage will be resized to fit the nearest standard frame size. It's always been that way. This is not a bug or a broken feature.
I think you're doing everything correct. I forgot that, in Adobe Media Encoder, you need to select "H.264" instead of "MPEG4". MPEG4 is a container format, while H.264 is an encoding format. The MPEG4 format in AME is for old cell phone video formats, which are pretty much useless these days.
So here are the steps, just in case:
- In AE, with your comp selected, go to the "Composition" menu, then "Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue."
- In AME, select "H.264" as your format.
- Choose a preset. There are tons! I typically start with a YouTube preset, so for your 720p video select "YouTube HD 720p XXX", where XXX is the frame rate of your comp.
- Then click on the text name of the preset to customize things. If you don't know what you're doing, then don't make any changes EXCEPT: In the "Video" tab, in the "Bitrate Settings" panel, change "Bitrate Encoding" to "VBR, 1 pass". Hit OK.
- Set the path for your output file, then start rendering!
There is currently a bug with "VBR, 2 pass" encoding that results in a loss of quality. More info. So in step #4, be sure to select 1 pass. Even without this bug, 2 pass really show no benefit, other than taking longer to encode.
You are a lifesaver Josh. It works for me now, thanks so much.