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Lloyd J. Little
Rendering for play on a TV:
on May 3, 2012 at 11:17:48 pm


I am rather new to After Effects and am having some issues getting a video to render properly for playing on a TV. The video renders just fine and plays great on my PC in QuickTime, VLC Player, Windows Media Player, etc.

It's when I try to play it on a TV that I'm running into issues. The video appears to be blurry and the text is totally unreadable. It's a real short video, a little over a minute in length. I've scoured the internet for proper rendering settings and I can not seem to get anything to work. These were my latest settings:

Composition Settings:

Present: HDTV 1080 25
Width: 1920 px
Height: 1080 px

Pixel Aspect Ration: Square Pixels
Frame Rate: 25
Resolution: Third

Render Settings:

Quality: Best
Resolution: Full

Size: 1920 x 1080
Disk Cache: Read Only

Time Sampling:
Frame Blending: On for Checked Layers
Frame Rate is using comp's frame rate of 25.00
Field Render: Off
Motion Blue: On for Checked Layers
Time Span: Work Area Only

Output Module Settings:
Format: H.264
Post-Render Action: None

Video Output: Checked
Channels: RGB
Depth: Millions of Colors
Color: Premultiplied (Matter)

Format Options:

Profile: High
Level: 4.2
VBR, 1 Pass
Target Bitrate: 10
Maximum Bitrate: 30


Would it be better for me to export the video into Adobe Premiere and then render there? I'm really a novice and am trying to learn. Though, this stuff does not have a very gentle learning curve. Thanks for any help that you can provide.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Rendering for play on a TV:
on May 4, 2012 at 9:20:11 pm

How are you playing the file on a TV?

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Lloyd J. Little
Re: Rendering for play on a TV:
on May 4, 2012 at 11:23:08 pm

I'm actually using a Classroom Media Controller produced by SAFARI Montage. It's a device that is designed for digital signage.

Displays Pathways SM™ managed media through projectors or other display types
Preserves the teacher’s workstation for other uses
Supports school-wide "All-Call" and "All-Off" features
Supports up to 720p resolution
Real-time status reporting viewable via SAFARI Montage server
Requires SAFARI Montage 4.0 and Pathways SM™ Module

General Specifications
Intel® Dual Core AtomTM 330
1 Gigabyte of RAM
5.1 Channel audio subsystem
10/100/1000 Mb/sec LAN
PS/2 port (keyboard)
1 VGA port

It comes with pre-loaded content. Is it very difficult to reverse engineer one of these videos to see what settings it was encoded/created at? Again, I'm kind of teaching myself as I go here.

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