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John MarkAE CS6 not smooth on render
by on Jul 2, 2013 at 2:53:30 pm

Hello,

I am using a Macbook Pro retina display and After Effects CS6. I am producing simple tickers (text) to be displayed for a interview event. The issue is, when rendering at 1080p50 Quicktime - Animation, and playing back, it plays terrible (stutters, frame-skips, choppiness) any ideas why this may be occurring?

Thanks.

A News Graphic Lover


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Walter SoykaRe: AE CS6 not smooth on render
by on Jul 2, 2013 at 3:05:22 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?'>Adobe FAQ [link]: What is the best format for rendering and exporting from After Effects?

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Jeff KayRe: AE CS6 not smooth on render
by on Jul 2, 2013 at 7:48:38 pm

If you mean a player like Quicktime or Media Player Classic is having issues with stuttering, then that should be expected. Anytime I have a raw or other high quality lossless media, then I will see stuttering with those type of players, regardless of if the media was from AE or another source. As Walter said, those files are for post production use not for playback.

There shouldn't be stuttering when it is brought into the post production suite. If there is still stuttering, then reconsider your output encode, though that would sound more like a performance issue of your system itself.

I cut predominantly on Avid so my workflow from AE is RAW -> Import as MXF (Even though AE can encode an mov in Avid's native NDxHD, I find this to be faster so long as can handle a large intermediary file). For other suites have AE (or Media Encoder) export in the standard format you use, or export RAW and use an encoder to make that conversion.


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John MarkRe: AE CS6 not smooth on render
by on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:22:26 am

Thank you both for your informative replies.

A News Graphic Lover


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