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Richard Garabedain
H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 3, 2014 at 7:20:52 pm

It was there yesterday. But its gone today. Its not even in the options to render out as h264. It was my default render for quicktime.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 3, 2014 at 7:57:49 pm

What did you change between yesterday and today?

But I gotta tell you: rendering an H.264 out of AE isn't a great choice in the first place. AE can't do multipass encoding, which helps H.264's.

Besides if you do that, you have no lossless archive copy of the animation, which you can use to make nice encodes to other codecs.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00:15 pm

Dave asks good questions. What changed? Did you upgrade your OS? Did you change your QuickTime installation? Did you update your AE?

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Richard Garabedain
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 4, 2014 at 1:25:55 am

I wish i knew what had changed. A restart might fix it, but ive been too busy to do one. I did not do anything. But i had accidentally left my computer on overnight. I restarted it this morning. And that was all i did.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 4, 2014 at 2:20:19 pm

What's your exact version number of AE?
Same questions regarding your OS.

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Richard Garabedain
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 4, 2014 at 5:40:45 pm

The problem is fixed. When i started my computer this morning. the h264 option was back on. I have cc 2014


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Steve Brame
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 4, 2014 at 5:42:43 pm

Sounds like a CC license glitch.

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Walter Soyka
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 5, 2014 at 2:54:07 am

Ae CC 2014 doesn't render H.264 directly; Richard was using QuickTime to render H.264.

While CC licensing does allow access to licensed codecs via MediaCore, that's unrelated to QuickTime so I'd suspect the glitch was elsewhere.

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Steve Brame
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:15:36 pm

Thought I'd read that 2014 apps no longer used QT as their MOV rendering engine. Maybe I was dreaming...

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Walter Soyka
Re: H.264 is missing from my render settings...
on Dec 5, 2014 at 1:46:39 pm

[Steve Brame] "Thought I'd read that 2014 apps no longer used QT as their MOV rendering engine. Maybe I was dreaming..."

That depends on the codec. CC 2014 added 64-bit ProRes support on the Mac platform, so they are clearly not relying on QT for that. I'd suspect but do not know for sure that CineForm would also be handled natively. Other codecs that you'd think would be supported by MediaCore (like Animation codec in MOV wrapper) are still handled by QuickTime.

But while we're on the topic, I'd suggest that QuickTime's H.264 encoder is not great and that rendering to MOV/H.264 may not yield the best results. I generally prefer to render to an intermediate format and let Adobe Media Encoder handle the H.264 encode. This is a pretty simple process with watch folders.

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