3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 9, 2011 11:22 PM by Mylenium

    AE Output Module Getting Whacky

    Lukabrazzi Level 1

      Hi, all.  My coworker just had CS5.5 Master Collection installed on a 64bit Windows 7 OS.  Last week he was able to export our 720 x 1280 project in an MPEG2 format with no problems whatsoever.  Today, we're getting an error message when we try to do exactly the same thing.  The little yellow alert triangle appears in the bottom left corner of the output settings dialog box, clicking on which yields the message:

       

       

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      Why are we all of a sudden restricted?  Why would such restraints be put on our MPEGS after we've been using them with no problems for years?  Any insight would be appreciated.

       

      Thanks for your time, great and powerful Adobe community.

        • 1. Re: AE Output Module Getting Whacky
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          There's a good reason for that: AE 10.5 won't do it any more.

           

          Huh?

           

          Oh, there's some kind of roadblock being thrown up by the mpeg2 people, and I forget all the details.  Suffice it to say that it won't work any more.

           

          Personally, I view it as a good thing.  AE is incapable of doing multipass encoding, a feature that makes mpeg2's look a lot better.  You'll get better-looking results by rendering a lossless file in AE, then using that file in Adobe Media Encoder to make the mpeg2.

          • 2. Re: AE Output Module Getting Whacky
            Todd_Kopriva Level 8

            Actually, the restrictions have always been there. The MPEG formats themselves have very strict constraints. What has changed is that After Effects is doing a better job of telling you what's happening. Note that that message that you are referring to isn't saying that you can't do what you're doing; it's telling you how After Effects is going to convert your movie to what the format demands.

             

            There's more information here.

            • 3. Re: AE Output Module Getting Whacky
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              Why are we all of a sudden restricted?  Why would such restraints be put on our MPEGS after we've been using them with no problems for years?

               

              You are merely mistaking some changes in the handling of this stuff. In short: You simply cannot recycle your old settings from previous AE versions as in most cases they will be reset to new defaults every time you open a project, but instead will have to create new output module presets specific to CS5.5 and assign them from there. This is quite explicitly mentioned on the help pages, BTW. Other than that there hasn't been any major change here - as Todd already mentioned, many MPEG types are constrained to specific framerates and resolutions, it's just that the aforementioned change in behavior resets your output to DVD specs.

               

              Mylenium