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Eve Rui
AE CS4 not finding option to format in mp4
on Mar 18, 2010 at 9:46:39 am

Hello, I had cs3 and I was able to render using format H24 for mp4. Now with CS4 I don't have that option neither the mpg1 or mpg2.

How do I get that on my cs4 please??

Thank you so much for your help.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE CS4 not finding option to format in mp4
on Mar 18, 2010 at 2:40:09 pm

[Eve Rui] "How do I get that on my cs4 please?? "

I don't know this for sure, but I bet the short answer is, "You can't".

I would assume it's because of changes in licensing codecs, etc. But since you were making mp4's in AE -- and mp4's are basically H.264 files, it's probably a blessing in disguise. A little more work for you, and a minor inconvenience, but still a blessing. Here's why:

Dave's Stock Answer #3:

Don't use AE to compress files for final delivery. The various compressors are there only to make quick 'n dirty files showing a project's progress to producers, clients, the kids, etc. AE is incapable of doing multipass encoding, a crucial feature that greatly improves the image quality of H.264 and MPEG-type files in particular.

Render a high-quality file from AE, and use a different application to do the compression. Popular ones are Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze and Apple's Compressor, which comes bundled with Final Cut Suite. Even compressing in Quicktime Pro is better than compressing in AE.

Making good-looking compressed files is almost as much an art as it is a science. It is NOT straightforward at all. I recommend asking a few questions at the COW's Compression Techniques forum.


Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Szalapski
Re: AE CS4 not finding option to format in mp4
on Mar 18, 2010 at 6:36:50 pm

Seriously, listen to Dave. You will get smaller final file sizes and better-looking video by using the right tool for compressing.

However, if you must compress it in AE, the options you're looking for are codecs under the quicktime option. Either that or you're using the trial version of AE which doesn't have them.

- The Great Szalam
(The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble')

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Eve Rui
Re: AE CS4 not finding option to format in mp4
on Mar 18, 2010 at 6:58:13 pm

so from AE, what format do you guys recommend me to render first?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE CS4 not finding option to format in mp4
on Mar 18, 2010 at 7:16:13 pm

I'm a Mac guy at work -- in situations like yours, I render out of AE in Quicktime's PNG codec; it's lossless.

I run Windows at home -- in situations like yours, I render out of AE in Quicktime's PNG codec; it's lossless.

Quicktime Pro: the best 35 bucks you'll spend in many a moon.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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