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cherlique lilienthal
after effects cs5 codec problem
on Feb 9, 2011 at 12:46:46 am

i just started using the creative suite 5. i like a lot of the new features. i just finished editing my first project in cs5, but now i run into som trouble. i rendered exactly the way i used to with cs3 and cs4. i render avi and enable audio. but now when i play in windows media player it only plays audio and freezes somethimes. it does play in vlc player but also hangs some times. now when i try to make a dvd of my finished project. nero cant import the avi file. what could the problem be?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: after effects cs5 codec problem
on Feb 9, 2011 at 4:53:51 pm

Sounds like you need to change the default codec in the Output Module template.

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Kevin Camp
Re: after effects cs5 codec problem
on Feb 9, 2011 at 9:35:42 pm

yep... it sounds like you're rendering an uncompressed avi, which has too high of a data rate for you to play back in realtime, thus the snags in the video.

you'll need to get into the compression settings and set that from uncompressed to something like dv, dvcpro, cinepak, etc... if you can, you might check to see what the compression settings were in your previous versions... less trial and error for import into your other software.

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Walter Soyka
Re: after effects cs5 codec problem
on Feb 9, 2011 at 9:53:08 pm

[cherlique lilienthal] "i just started using the creative suite 5. i like a lot of the new features. i just finished editing my first project in cs5, but now i run into som trouble. i rendered exactly the way i used to with cs3 and cs4. i render avi and enable audio. but now when i play in windows media player it only plays audio and freezes somethimes. it does play in vlc player but also hangs some times."

As Dave and Kevin have said, After Effects renders uncompressed or losslessly compressed video by default. These are intermediate formats, intended for further use in post -- not direct playback.

See the FAQ "Why is my output file huge, and why doesn't it play back smoothly in a media player?" at http://forums.adobe.com/thread/684381

[cherlique lilienthal] "now when i try to make a dvd of my finished project. nero cant import the avi file. what could the problem be?"

I don't know anything about Nero, so I can't advise you on what formats it can import. You might be able to use Adobe Media Encoder to prepare MPEG-2 assets for your DVD, though.

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