Find the info you need to supply for diagnostic purposes here:
And find out why your file size is so big here:
Version of After Effects:
184.108.40.206, with all the latest updates installed
Version of Windows:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3213986)
What were you doing before the problem occured:
I was half way through rendering my 2 hour video - 20 hours in, and I stopped it as it was taking too long. I checked the file size and it was over 250GB; for only 51 mins of footage
Has this ever worked before:
I have only done small less than 10 min videos and I mainly used Media encoder with H.264 selected, along with the Youtube 1080p option
i5-6500K Quad core running at 3.2GHz
8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 Ram
AMD Radeon Sapphire RX480 8GB GPU
After Effects running from a 240GB SSD and Exporting the video onto a 2 TB Caviar Blue HHD
I have the latest drivers install for my GPU and CPU however not sure what version specically
Third Party Software:
Trapcode Particular 2.6.0
Yes, version 7.7.9
Other software running:
No while it was rendering, it was the only thing open
Final Output or Ram Preview:
It runs far from real time at roughly 1 fps or lower in the ram preview. In the final output (only the 51 mins of it) it can run fine in VLC, sometimes glitches out a bit.
Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously multiprocessing
Ray-Traced 3D Render:
No I'm using Classic 3D
So basically I want it to be a low file size, still with good quality however one that won't take over 20 hours like the last time. I read up from those links and I think it would be best if I used H.264 with the Youtube setting. Can you let me know if this is a good idea and if not what should do. I would prefere it to be in 1080p however on the last one, the file size was just way to big and I couldn't export it due to lack of space. I am fine exporting it to my SSD this time as long as it fits in the 120GB I have left.
So basically I want it to be a low file size, still with good quality however one that won't take over 20 hours like the last time.
- 2 hours is a very long time. 20 hours to render this type of video or even 50 hours is not that long considering you got particular working on the CPU and can't use multiple threads of CPU.
- Avi Compression is a bad choice for a codec. QT Animation is better but still 1 minutes of 1080HD video could be about 5GB file size so do the math. when you are editing long movies, having Terabytes of file space is a common necessity.
- remember that QT Animation is a lossless version of your file - it is not intended for playback or uploading but only for further editing and further compression i.e you take this version and use AME to create your H.264 mp4 file.
- Ae is for creating shots, not editing movies so if there is a repeat of frames/animation during this whole composition of 2 hours, you could save time by rendering just the original part you need in Ae (use QT Animation) and then use Premiere to place this animation on loop a few times and render this as an H.264 mp4.
- if there isn't, and every single part of this animation is new every frame then you need to make enough space and render your QT Animation, then use that file for AME.
- the other option would be to render straight to AME by choosing "Queue in AME" in the render queue. it will encode your file directly from AE, it will take longer, but the file size will be small.
OK thank you, I think I will take it into AME and encode it as H.264 mp4. Would it make a considerable difference to time or file size, if I choose 720p Youtube preset or is it not worth and I should just carry on with the 1080p preset?
I looked screen shots over & read the stuff. Some observations:
There's a nested comp called Audio that's 3D -- any reason why it has to be 3D?
I wouldn't resize the comp in the Output Module. I'd nest the big comp in a 1280x720 comp.
I bet you don't need to link to the project.
You don't need Open GL. It's useless in AE.
You could segment your comp, render out smaller chunks, and assemble the pieces in Premiere. It's easy to do.
Roei's right about using AME... AND about using AE to make a 2-hour file!
And depending on the number of particles, Particular can just be stinkin' SLOW. No way around it.
Would it make a considerable difference to time or file size, if I choose 720p Youtube preset or is it not worth and I should just carry on with the 1080p preset?
time - it will take a while. can't be sure. size - your size will be much much smaller. you can have an estimation in the bottom part of your video settings in AME.
it might be a good idea to also check the requirements in the youtube page Recommended upload encoding settings - YouTube Help
Ok just started it, 23 hours to go! I appreciate your help
not too bad! send us a link at the end so we can dazzle by this wondrous 2 hour clip
Haha, will do!!
Ahh ok I'll consider that next time when using particular, thanks for the advice though!