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Matteo Ferreccio
Best web encoding for animation video
on Oct 8, 2015 at 11:20:16 am

Hello all.

I just finished a 1 minute commercial entirely animated in AE.
My master copy is a PNG sequence, plus an audio track of course.

So,
which is the best way to feed a version to youtube/vimeo which does not get too much damaged by website compression?


My usual steps:

[AE] PNG Sequence --> mov (DNxHD, 100%, keyframe every frame)

[QuickTime Pro] mov (DNxHD, 100%, keyframe every frame) --> mov (H264, 70%, auto keyframes)


Then I feed the "mov (H264, 70%, automatic keyframes)" to the internet.
That's given mixed results.


Can you suggest a better encoding process?

Thanks alot,
cheers


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Best web encoding for animation video
on Oct 8, 2015 at 12:18:17 pm

Encode through Media Encoder directly sent from AE (with audio of course). Use a high bitrate H264 (60Mbps for example) and upload that to YouTube where it will be re-compressed by them anyway to a 6 Mbps H264.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Walter Soyka
Re: Best web encoding for animation video
on Oct 8, 2015 at 5:01:02 pm

One note, before the web compression bit:

[Matteo Ferreccio] "I just finished a 1 minute commercial entirely animated in AE. My master copy is a PNG sequence, plus an audio track of course."

PNG is relatively slow to encode. Your renders will speed up a bit using QuickTime Animation Codec or TGA sequences (both have run-length encoding and will give small file sizes for imagery with large areas of flat color). Unless you're rendering 16b PNGs, the output from any of these would be identical, pixel-for-pixel.

Walter Soyka
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