4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 24, 2008 7:08 AM by Todd_Kopriva

    Flash Exporter vs Adobe Media Exporter

      Can someone explain how After Effects chooses which exporter to use for FLVs?

      I have 3 different scenarios and 3 different exporters are showing up in After Effects. I would prefer to use the Flash exporter since that one seems to give us the best results.

      In CS2 on my PC when I do export FLV the Flash exporter shows up.
      http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/After%20Effects%20and%20Flash%20settings-thumb.gif

      My co-worker just installed CS3 and when he does this option he gets the new Flash Exporter. But he can't use it because it says for him to use the render Queue. When he uses the render Queue the Adobe Media Exporter is used.
      http://www.mediacollege.com/adobe/premiere/pro/export/images/vCS3_exportsettings-winmedia. gif

      We do not like the results that the Adobe Media Exporter gives even when using the same settings. I never liked using in Premiere because I always had bad results and it seemed to crash a lot.

      The last scenario is using CS3 on my MAC. When I do export FLV I am able to use the new Flash exporter. When going through the render queue I get the Adobe Media Exporter.

      The best option would be the render queue with the Flash Exporter.

      Can someone explain why there is not just one option? And why I can't set which one I want to use. We do have the Flash exporter installed on all three machines. Any help would be great!
        • 1. Re: Flash Exporter vs Adobe Media Exporter
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          I don't quite follow. The Adobe Media Encoder/ exporter merely presents an updated version of the functions found in CS2/ AE7 and is nothing more than a different presentation of the functions of the direct FLV exporter. It merely passes through the frames for processing. I would agree that it's a bit inconsistent in terms of UI layout, but there should be no noticable difference in quality. Admittedly I'm not doing much Flash stuff, so i may not have an eye for it, but this sounds surprising. Can you provide examples that illustrate the differences?

          Mylenium
          • 2. Re: Flash Exporter vs Adobe Media Exporter
            Level 1
            Thanks for the reply Mylenium. I really don't want to go into the problems I am having with the encoded files. I am really just trying to understand why there are 2 separate exporters. I have done some more digging and apparently the Flash Exporter (FLV) is a quicktime exporter. Which is the one we would prefer to use. We are having errors with this exporter and sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't work.

            We are mainly having difference in encode times and quality loss when using the Adobe Media Encoder. We are exporting projects that use screen shots (which is not what AE is for.) I do notice the difference in time when exporting video projects but I have not taken the time to compare the 2 apples to apples.

            Like I said I just want to understand why we are getting errors with the FLV exporter by QT.
            • 3. Re: Flash Exporter vs Adobe Media Exporter
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
              I see. The QT issues are probably related to MediaCore, but it's hard to diagnose from remote. The speed differences (if they really are that noticable) would hinge on the amount of buffering required to encode a segment which would be influenced indirectly by your compression settings...

              Mylenium
              • 4. Re: Flash Exporter vs Adobe Media Exporter
                Todd_Kopriva Level 8
                The "About render and export of Flash formats" section of After Effects Help has this note about the QuickTime exporter:

                " Important: Some applications install a QuickTime export component for Flash Video that appears as an entry in the File > Export menu for Flash Video (FLV). Adobe recommends that you not use this command, but instead render and export Flash Video files using the Render Queue panel."