5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 24, 2017 6:37 AM by Rick Gerard

    After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?

    TankCat Level 1

      Hi,

       

      Just wanted to say that I am relatively new to video editing, especially on After Effects, and I'm having an issue.

       

      I uploaded a video to YouTube a few days ago, and the quality is great, I'll link the video I'm happy with below this:

      Best D.Va - YouTube

       

      But I come to upload another today (with the same render settings) and the quality is no where near as good? I'll link the one I'm having issues with below too:

      Symmetra OP - YouTube

       

      Could someone explain what I could be doing wrong/how I can change something? I'm becoming very passionate about video editing and want it to be the best it can.

       

      Thanks in advance

        • 1. Re: After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          First, you should be using the YouTube presets that match your frame size in the Adobe Media Encoder. If you are doing something else, especially as a beginner, you are making a mistake.

           

          Second, YouTube recompresses all video and delivers it up at various data rates based on the available bandwidth. Sometimes it takes a while to run all of the compression so that HD is available. You can help the re-compression along by using the AME presets. When you gain an understanding of compression and data rates you can even slightly modify the presets. The only thing I would consider changing would be the compression from single pass to multi pass. This will help with compression artifacts. All other changes must be in compliance with the YouTube (or Vimeo) recommendations to avoid the possibility of their automatic system just smashing the heck out of your video.

           

          So, the long and short of it is, use the pre-sets and wait for a few minutes to to several minutes for YouTube to fully process your video. There are no streaming services that do not re-compress your footage. Vimeo does the best job of keeping the original quality.

          • 2. Re: After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?
            TankCat Level 1

            Hi,

             

            Thanks for your input. About the compression, how do I change it from single to multi pass? I'm presuming it's in the media encoder part?

             

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?
              Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

              when you choose a YouTube preset it automatically sets your encoding passes. you can also change it to 2 pass. experiment and see which gives you the best results

               

               

              if encoding is super important for you, then I would suggest you also look into other options like Handbrake which is a free x.264 encoder (can give better results than AME) and if you really mean business try http://www.x264pro.com/

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              • 4. Re: After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?
                TankCat Level 1

                What's the best bitrate to use?

                 

                Thanks

                • 5. Re: After Effects video quality different when uploaded to YouTube?
                  Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Use the default.

                   

                  If you really want to monkey with the bit rate check out the YouTube recommendations for your frame size an frame rate to see if they have changed. The pre-sets work just fine for 99.999999% of all videos, changing to 2 Pass helps reduce color artifacts, but this has nothing to do with apparent sharpness in the luminance channel which is where your eyes get the detail info.

                   

                  Once again, if you are way off in your bit rate then YouTube will simply apply a sledge hammer to your video. Following the presets will give you a suitable product that is about as good as you can get using a streaming service. All streaming services, including broadcast TV and Cable, and even the digital projectors in your local cinema are a compromise. All degrade the image at least a bit. There's nothing you can do about that but follow their recommendations.

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