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Walter Soyka
Re: Export Format with maximum quality?
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:02:29 pm

AE's default lossless output module generates an intermediate file that is designed for additional post-production use, not direct playback. These files are generally huge, with very high data rates, and very few computers can play them back in real time without stuttering. For more, see this Adobe FAQ [link]: Why is my output file huge, and why doesn't it play back smoothly in a media player?

To help you choose a more suitable format for your needs, see the related Adobe FAQ [link]: What is the best format for rendering and exporting from After Effects?

[guy jones] "Hi, as all users know there are many export option in After Effects, and only one of them is 'Uncompressed'. The thing is, 'uncompressed' will render a RAW/original file of say 10mb into something about 10x bigger!!! It's also an AVI file, which is ancient in terms of formats, and possibly the reason it becomes so big (not as sophisticated processing? just a thought."

Not exactly. It is larger because uncompressed codecs prioritizes quality over file size. AVI is just a container; it's the codec that makes a file large or small.

Your 10MB file is presumably very highly compressed -- it has thrown away visual information to get the file size down.

An uncompressed version of exactly the same visual throws nothing away, and represents every single pixel in every single frame without making any efforts at reducing file size.

It's the same reason that an uncompressed TIFF will be larger than a compressed JPEG, even starting from the same source image.

[guy jones] "I'm trying to avoid having to purchase an Adobe 'Production Premium' bundle to get the 'dynamic link' that bypasses rendering between applications - I only use After Effects and Premier and don't want to pay for the other programs wrapped with them! - what is the next best option to preserve video quality as you go from AE to Pr?"

After Effects is $999. Premiere Pro is $799. Production Premium is $1699.

You're not paying extra for programs you don't need; you're getting Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Flash, etc. for free.

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