Knowing how to render in after effects is probably one of the most important part of a project, you can have a awesome kick ass animation if the rendering is done incorrectly it can lead poor quality video, glitches and bunch of trouble down the road if it is deliver for broadcast or other media, luckily I have learn throughout the year it is now time for me to share.
So in this motion graphic blog I’ll show you how to render and export in After Effects for different media, obviously there is a lot of ways to render so I am going to keep me straight forward and show you the render settings and tips and what I used them for.
Below are the different render options I will go over, if you are an super advanced motion graphic designer and see inaccurate information feel free to step in and add your comments I’ll be happy to updates and give you credits!
- Render in After effect in High Resolution
- Render in After Effects for Client Review
- Render in After Effects Series of images
- Render in After Effects for YouTube
- Render in After Effects for Instagram
First for the newbie below a quick animated screenshot of how I send my finished composition to the render queue window.
FYI: Don’t hit render right away read more below to see which render options work best for you.
Keyboard shortcut below to send composition to the render queue window.
MAC: shift + command + /
PC: shift + ctrl + /
Done with your AE animation and you want to send it to the video editor or broadcast company in the US without losing the quality? Those are the render settings I use.
Expect the file size the be really big!
If you still need a good quality and smaller file size change the format option to Photo-Jpeg
(Photo-JPEG do not include the Alpha Channel)
I usually use the H.264 format to render for a simple client review, it keep a decent video quality and the file size is usually ok, that way the animation run smooth on their computer
without using tons of memory, just make sure they have quicktime installed on their computer 🙂
Cons of H.264 codec format: I noticed the colors are usually is a bit washed out because of the compression.
Below the H.264 Render output module settings
H.264 video can also be good to upload on the web.
Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive tiff images are usually heavy!
There is a lots of ways to render for YouTube in After Effects, I pick the easiest one below
Render with Adobe Media Encoder
– Select your composition in the Project window
– Click on File > Export > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue…
– Select the option you need (screenshot below)
– Drag YouTube 1080p HD to the left.
– Click the play button to render.
Also Youtube provide some video format specs here
– First create a new composition of 640×640 pixel
– Drag your 1920×1080 animation composition into the 640×640 composition
– Reduce the scale of your animation to fit 640×640 pixel
– Render the 640×640 Composition in H.264
– Upload your mov file on Dropbox
– Save the animation on your phone from the Dropbox app