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John Russell
Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:05:39 pm

Hi I'd be very grateful of any advice!

I'm having problems rendering out a 45 minute animation film, composed of 50-ish animated image series rendered in PS and still images, these are layered in AE and a few simple effects (opacity, size, location) have been added. The film has audio and will be projected at largish scale (6-8ft height)

I have been rendering (in AE 6) with the following settings:

H.264
Quality: best
Resolution: best
size: 1920 x 1080
frame rate 25
profile: High
Level: 5.1
Bir rate 50
Bit rate encoding CBR
Audio Output: 48,000
Audio codec: AAC
Bitrate settings 320

Problem is the final file size is huge 300+ GB and rendering time is 10-12 hours (I am less concerned about the render time - my main problem is the file size. Any suggestions of what setting to use to maintain quality but get a manageable file size so it will play on a media player.

Would be grateful of any help.


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John Cuevas
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:53:24 pm

Bit rate of 50, like 50Mbps is very high, your target bitrate should be more like 4.5Mbps with a max of 6. Also, I would take the AE comp, dynamically link it to Adobe Media Encoder and render it from there, you have a quite a few more options for compression.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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John Russell
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 6:59:48 pm

Johnny thanks a lot for that will try at 4.5 as you say and try to work out the dynamic linking. Thanks a lot.


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John Russell
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 7:02:43 pm

Johnny do you have any compression suggestions?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 7:22:02 pm

It's difficu;lt to recommend compression settings -- we don't know how your AE animation is going to be used.

Different uses -- different settings.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John Russell
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 8:27:37 pm

Dave I"m projecting it at largish scale in an exhibition 6-8 feet high. playing it via media player.


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John Russell
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 8:28:42 pm

Dave

I'm projecting it in an exhibition at 6/8 ft high and via a media player.


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John Cuevas
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 8:08:20 pm

Based on the little info you provided, your settings should work, with the adjustment to the bit rate. If you have the time(or access to a faster computer), I would suggest variable bit rate and change it to 2-pass(something you can't do in AE).

Also--and I forget this sometimes...just do a test, render 1 minute of the most complex portion of your animation and see how it looks, then if you need to make adjustments, make them and test again.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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John Russell
Re: Rendering Problems: Animation
on Nov 13, 2014 at 8:26:21 pm

OK thanks a lot for this I will do a few 1 minute tests. Thanks again.


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