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Paul Crowe
AE CS4 Crashing on Render
on May 11, 2011 at 2:49:24 am

Oh man. I'm trying to render out a clip I've finished in AE CS4 and it keeps crashing after giving these warnings:

It repeats these a few times then crashes! Dam!

Some background. I've recently installed CS5 which I'm not using yet and I also recently installed the boris xml transfer sw which I used to transfer footage from Media100 suite to AE CS4. I'm running OSX 10.6.7

I have actually managed to render out a similar clip after I installed CS5 and Boris xml transfer sw. But as I say now it just keeps crashing.

If anyone could shed some light on the issue and ideally help me fix it that would be great.


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Walter Soyka
Re: AE CS4 Crashing on Render
on May 11, 2011 at 11:39:39 am

See Mylenium's After Effects Error Code Database for a possible fix:

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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE CS4 Crashing on Render
on May 11, 2011 at 3:32:08 pm

Any version of AE prior to version 10 had a problem with long-gop footage, so the following still applies:

Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following -- footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVCHD, mp4, mts, m2t, H.261 or H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

I'm a Mac guy, so I like to convert to Quicktime movies in the Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless. I'll use Apple's Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Quicktime Pro to do it.

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