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[Help] Adobe After Effects Exporting
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Hi,

I'm using Adobe After Effects for video editing. I've edited some scenes and would like to export them, but I don't know what settings I should use to get the best results. I exported a scene as a sample but somehow AE sets all frames as I-frame (I don't want the original frame settings to be changed), also the extension is .mov and I want .mp4 or .m4v instead if it's possible. What video codec is the best to choose in AE? Thanks in advance if anyone can help.
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Well i wouldn't do any h264 or h265 encoding out of AE or AP. I would just export as an AVI file and then encode from that to x264.
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(2017-10-26, 09:22 PM)DoomBot Wrote: Well i wouldn't do any h264 or h265 encoding out of AE or AP. I would just export as an AVI file and then encode from that to x264.
What system are you working on, windows or mac?

I'm working on Mac OS High Sierra. I don't like avi files because they have much worse and pixelated quality than h264, or at least that's what I experienced so far.
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Then go prores and use compressor to convert it to h.264
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(2017-10-26, 09:41 PM)PDB Wrote: Then goes prores and use compressor to convert it to h.264

Wouldn't that decrease the quality of the video? I mean the source is already a compressed video then I convert it while export it and convert it again to h264.
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(2017-10-26, 09:35 PM)menzerin Wrote:
(2017-10-26, 09:22 PM)DoomBot Wrote: Well i wouldn't do any h264 or h265 encoding out of AE or AP. I would just export as an AVI file and then encode from that to x264.
What system are you working on, windows or mac?

I'm working on Mac OS High Sierra. I don't like avi files because they have much worse and pixelated quality than h264, or at least that's what I experienced so far.

AVI is just a container, you can put video encoded using various codecs into it. For best quality, you should:

- export to AVI with a lossless codec (e.g. Lagarith)
- encode with command-line x264 (spoRv posted a great preset somewhere on this forum)
- mux the output (a .264 file) with your audio into .mkv container using MKVToolnix or a similar program
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(2017-10-26, 09:54 PM)menzerin Wrote:
(2017-10-26, 09:41 PM)PDB Wrote: Then goes prores and use compressor to convert it to h.264

Wouldn't that decrease the quality of the video? I mean the source is already a compressed video then I convert it while export it and convert it again to h264.

You can't edit H264 video without loss of quality
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Yes sorry i meant AVI with a lossless codec like Lagarith.
                                                           



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(2017-10-26, 09:54 PM)menzerin Wrote:
(2017-10-26, 09:41 PM)PDB Wrote: Then goes prores and use compressor to convert it to h.264

Wouldn't that decrease the quality of the video? I mean the source is already a compressed video then I convert it while export it and convert it again to h264.

There are so many varieties of prores (including a lossless one) that if you choose a low compression ratio one, you will never see the difference between the original compressed file and the prores. And prores is much, much better to edit in.
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Unfortunately After Effects doesn't offer Lagarith as a codec option, neither AVI as a container.
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