ASCS5 10.01.19 Windows 7 64.
I am working on a large collaborative project destined for DVD. I am the last link in the chain, encoding for DVD and authoring the DVD.
I have been presented with a large number of AE projects, each containing a "final render" comp. I batched these up in Adobe Media Encoder to render, but when checking the DVD the AE author told me that the backgrounds had not rendered the correct colour. I have subsequently discovered that he had set the background color he wanted as the background colour in each Comp, but that AE only renders out the Comp's background colour as a background colour if you render out to a non-alpha codec via AE's render queue. If you render the comp out VIA AME's dynamic link, as I did, then the background colour is rendered out as black.
Phew. Am I making sense?
So, what I want to know is is there any way to render all these movies - some of which take a long time to render - as a batch the way they would if they were rendered directly from AE?
Or am I going to have to open each AE project, and create a new solid layer at the back matching the background colour set for each comp, so I can repeat my batch render via AME? Which would be tedious, as there are 150 seperate projects.
Creatre an output module preset for MPEG-2 DVD, import all projects into a new, empty project, drag&drop one of the comps to the render queue and define its output directory, drag&drop the rest of the comps (will now use the same directory as default), assign render settings and output module, hit render....
Something that you've already discovered, but I'll say it just to confirm: You should, in general, not use the background color as part of your composition. It's just a reference background color. You should use a solid-color layer as the background.
Thanks very much.