March 23rd: AE Nesting and Exporting, Assignment #7

Boot Camp AE

Make this and render it out of AE

the password is demo


Assignment #7 Due

Make a collage in Photoshop and/or Illustrator using this poem as a starting point

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Create a thirty second animation and export it before class on Tuesday. You don’t have to put it on the blog, but you should have a copy on your computer.


Check out this awesome work, by Maya Erdelei-Perez Inspiration

This link has tons of information about nesting (and also precomposing)

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After Effects can auto-save (meaning every so often it saves your project without you having to do anything) but this may not have been the default setting when you started your project. To check if your project is set to auto-save, and to change how often it saves (every 5mins, 10 mins, etc), go to AfterEffects>Preferences>Auto-Save

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And make sure that Auto-Save is selected in this dialog box

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So you’ve finished your project and you’re ready to share it with people. But when you go to Save As, it doesn’t seem quite right. After Effects is a little different than other programs that we’ve used, in the sense that you have to render it in order to create a shareable file, rather than simply saving. What does render mean?

Rendering is the creation of the frames of a movie from a composition. The rendering of a frame is the creation of a composited two-dimensional image from all of the layers, settings, and other information in a composition that make up the model for that image. The rendering of a movie is the frame-by-frame rendering of each of the frames that make up the movie. 

The previous quote was found on the this page, which has a bunch of useful information regarding rendering.

After Effects – How to Render a Project

Your first step is to send your composition to the Render Queue. The Render Queue is basically just a fancy name for the window that allows you to pick export settings, and hit a Render icon that will export the video. To open the Render Queue make sure your timeline is selected (has blue or yellow line surrounding it) and go to Composition>Add to Render Queue

Your second step is to tell After Effects how you want your video exported. There are all sorts of options that have to do with how the video and sound are compressed. 95% of the time, you will just have to change the following settings, and then you can render your project. Click on where it says Lossless next to Output Module

Change the format to Quicktime (If you are a PC use you should select either H264 or AVI and skip the next step) and then hit the Format Options icon

Once you are in the next window select H264 as the codec

Your third step is to name the file and tell AE where to send the rendered video. Click on the blue text next to Output To.

When you do this a window will open up allowing you to name the file and save it somewhere on your computer. Click Save within this window, then click the Render icon which is in the upper right hand corner of your Render Queue

And you are done! Once your video has been rendered, open your video and make sure that itrendered properly.

****** A couple of things to note

When you might want to use another codec

If you are planning on working with your rendered video inside Premiere or another software program it might be worth it to set the codec to Animation rather than H264. This is a higher quality compression, and could be useful if you need to make any adjustments. However, since it is higher quality, it creates a file that is very VERY large, so make sure you absolutely need it before you export a video with that codec. You also might want to work with your project within FCPX in which case a ProRes codec would be ideal, or you may be planning to use a media player that can only handle particular codecs. Always think about where your video is heading before choosing your export settings.

If your computer is having a difficult time rendering your project, the following things might help.

  1. In the Render Queue, click on the words Best Settings, next to Render Settings. In the window that opens up change the settings in the Quality and Resolution drop down menus

2) If that doesn’t work, leave the Render Queue window and go back to your project panel. Then go toAfter Effects> Preferences> Memory & Multiprocessing. In this window you can lessen the amount of RAM reserved for other application, so that AE can use more RAM.