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David JohnsonSequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:32:31 pm

I've created a sequence from a composite of still images, but when I render it I experience a lot of dropped frames. I need to edit this file in Final Cut after exporting it, so I wanted to know what format would be best to use, and what I may be doing wrong in the rendering process.

My current settings are the following:

Format: Quicktime
Output: Animation
Audio: None
Color: Alpha
Spatial Quality:100%


Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

- David


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Dave LaRondeRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:42:11 pm

You made your AE animation in a high-quality codec, which is a very good practice indeed. However, your hard drive may not be able to keep up with that high bit rate. I'll wager you see your file playing back in fits & starts. That's a telltale sign.

So to reassure yourself that all is well, here's what you do: take the high-quality animation and use Quicktime Pro or Adobe Media Encoder to convert it to an H.264 file. H.264 is a low bitrate, good-looking delivery codec, one that's best made in an application OTHER than AE.

Using a viewer like QT player, it ought to play back in real time.

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


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David JohnsonRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:47:39 pm

Yeah, that's what I thought. Do you know a way we could export this, have it run properly, retain image quality and work on it in Final Cut?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:53:28 pm

ProRes 422. It's FCP's go-to codec. You can't go wrong with it. You do, however, need to use AE on the same machine used for FCP. Otherwise, you can't render to it.

Another option: Apple 10-bit uncompressed.

And DON'T EXPORT! Render using the AE Render Queue!

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


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David JohnsonRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 5:17:00 pm

I tried ProRes, but it came out completely white. Could I be doing something wrong? Does it have something to do with the fact that I'm working with JPEGs and not video? I'll try the other codec.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 6:01:58 pm

[David Johnson] "I tried ProRes, but it came out completely white. "

That usually is an indication that you don't have the codec. Double-check how you made it. Use the Render Queue.




[David Johnson] "Does it have something to do with the fact that I'm working with JPEGs and not video? "

Not a thing. I use JPEGs all the time.






[David Johnson] "I'll try the other codec."

Smart move.

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


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David JohnsonRe: Sequence of still composite will not render properly.
by on Aug 13, 2010 at 6:34:27 pm

Figured it out. Just had to change the color mode to RGB. Thanks for the help.


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