We need some specifics like frame size of the video, frame rate, render settings. Generally if you work with standard presets for comp size and square pixels, match frame rate and use the YouTube or Vimeo HD presets that match your comp settings you will get high quality results. There are lots of design issues that can foul up a render so it would also help to see what your design looks like. Thin lines, over saturated colors and levels problems are just the start.
I would suggest that you type Rendering in the Search Help field at the top right corner of AE and read up on formats and options. Spending an hour studying and learning is a better way to use your time than crunching out a dozen renders that are not going to work.
I understand how After Effects rendering works and different file types. I just wanted to try rendering in different formats just make sure I hadn't missed something. I figured something out that came close to the quality I need so I guess it will have to work.
My original MTS file is 1920 x 1080 and 29 fps.
I rendered it with these settings originally
NTSC, 1920 x 1080
Bitrate CBR 30 Mbps
The file came out choppy and noticeably lower quality.
The last time I rendered it with these settings:
NTSC, 1280 x 720,
Bitrate CBR 20 MBps
The quality was much much better. It still had a little distortion with a lot of movement but it was much more bearable so I guess that's what I'm going with. If anyone knows of any better settings it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Normally, you get delivery specifications that cover such things as media container & codec, dimensions in pixels, frame rate, audio, etc. What are YOUR delivery specifications?