9 times out of 10 when I render it, it won't play or takes an incredible amount of time before loading the video, or plays just a black screen. the Output set to Lossless with it being output as an .avi (i've also tried as a .mov with no luck) I've tried a few different codecs in both .avi and .mov outputs but honestly which would help and which would make it worse so I thought to ask. For 4 secs, it is rather large, with the Comp set at 5184x3456 (the size of the jpg's in the animation)
lossless output is not for playback, they are for further editing or archiving. also, you should not render 5k resolution if you do not intend to playback 5k (most computers won't play even 4k).
it appears you are new to this. a common stop motion workflow would be:
1. import your jpgs as a sequence (it is best to do this in an editing software and not Ae). you should interpret them to a common frame rate - 12fps is a common frame rate.
2. create an HD 1920X1080 Composition at 24fps and drag your sequence to the composition. adjust the frame to the dimensions of HD.
3. when you are done, render your video through Adobe Media Encoder to create an mp4 playback version.
Thanks! I figured rendering in such a resolution was part of the issue, I didn't want to downsize unless I absolutely had to because this little bit is going into a longer composition and thought any adjustments to dimensions and resolution I would save for then. I've always rendered directly out of Ae and haven't used Adobe Media Encoder so that'll be it's own little learning experience. Thanks a lot though! I'll try this out and then keep this info in mind for future renders
I didn't want to downsize unless I absolutely had to because this little bit is going into a longer composition and thought any adjustments to dimensions and resolution I would save for then.
so you should not expect to play it back in anything other then Ae or Premiere. it is eventually supposed to be viewed on the web or a player, so you will need to create a compressed video file - H.264 mp4 is the popular format for that. more about rendering and exporting in Ae here: Basics of rendering and exporting in After Effects CC
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