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Scott Smith
After effects CC - Exporting Still Frames
on Aug 7, 2013 at 8:32:48 am


I have recently upgraded to CC. I am trying to export still frames as a jpg from After Effects CC

CS 5.5 (and previous versions) allowed me to use the shortcut ctrl+alt+s to add the current frame to the render queue as a still frame. I would then change the format via the output module.

The same shortcut in CC opens a dialogue box with psd as the only available output format. Composition> Save Frame As > File... also results in psd format with no other options.

Is there a simillar simple process for exporting a still frame jpg via the render queue?

Thanks in adavance

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Walter Soyka
Re: After effects CC - Exporting Still Frames
on Aug 7, 2013 at 2:01:54 pm

I've seen this once, too, but I can't reproduce it.

Hit Ctrl+Alt+S, choose your folder, and click ok. You should now have a still in the render queue (which you can unqueue or delete entirely). The next time you hit Ctrl+Alt+S, it will hopefully do what you expect and simply add a still to the render queue.

If you're doing a lot of these, you can change your default still output format. Click the triangle next to the default Photoshop output module and choose "Make template." The top half the window allows you to pick a new format for each type of output; the bottom half allows you to define new output modules.

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Ashish Gupta
Re: After effects CC - Exporting Still Frames
on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:47:35 am


For this to work you have to first make a template of the output settings that you wish to save the single frame in .. For eg. in your case a jpeg .. Than you have to have that selected as the default output module for the Frame default ..

Here have a look ..

After doing this everytime you save a still it will save in that output module ..

Ashish Gupta
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