Do you have a DVD recording program? Just burning a couple of files to a DVD disc wont work. I work with AE and Adobe Encore and if I"m going to burn straight out of AE, I would use the DVD preset, open up Encore and drop it into a timeline and burn from there.
If you are using Windows to make your dvd, I believe you need to find a way to create a .iso or .img file. You can probably find a program out there to create an .iso or .img from your mpeg2 or m2v files.
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Thanks so much. I knew I didn't lay out over $900 just for After Effects - there is a whole productions suite in my Adobe Production Suite CS5.5! I just needed to open my eyes. And yes - really - I am that stupid. Thanks for leading the blind man.
I've never used Encore before - but I googled it - and found a simple tutorial. I precomped the AE file - went into Encore - did a dynamic link to my comp file - and Encore is transcoding and creating my DVD as we speak (should I be typing as Encore is transcoding?)
Pretty cool - thank you for the quick reply.
Oh - and AE created a 30GB AVI file for my 2 minute, 45 second movie. Not much I could do with it but stare at the file size in amazement.
[John Drago]"Oh - and AE created a 30GB AVI file for my 2 minute, 45 second movie. Not much I could do with it but stare at the file size in amazement."
Yeah -- that happens.
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?
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A few more words on compression in general - AE is not the best compression tool period. For all your compression needs Adobe Media Encoder *(part of CS) is what you need to use. You can either compress a pre-rendered file or open a AE project, choose the composition you want and render compressed from Encoder. For best compression use 2pass where available.