My composition was 2 hours long, and supposed to be an mp4 file. It supposedly rendered all 226k frames, but then crashed with the message "After Effects error: An output module stopped responding. The file may be damaged or corrupted. You may need to restart After Effects."
I will try to find a solution to that, but the main problem is that I waited so long for this render, and now I'm left with 4 files that probably were meant to be converted and combined somehow to finish my MP4 file. One is a 115 MB AAC file, one is a 17.6 M4V file, one is a 0 byte MP4 file, and the other is a 12.2 GB file named "s4e8.1" (never heard of a "1 File" before). Have I seriously just lost all this time waiting for my render? Or is there a way I can use these files to finish my project?
Thanks for the help.
You can try to fuse the AAC and M4V in tools like Handbrake. The obscure temp files are the session files that hold the metadata and multiplexing info. In the future use image sequences and/ or render in multiple segments, then assemble the video in a second pass.
Thank you, that is a very useful tool. I figured that the other files weren't necessary for the project. Unfortunately I tried rendering in multiple segments before, and for some reason AE wasn't being very precise, so that didn't work; I'll find a solution for that as well later.
Image sequences are the way to go with long renders for sure! It can really save your bacon when something goes awry.