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Craig Rogersh264 via AE or Media Encoder
by on May 8, 2012 at 8:35:54 pm

I've read more than once that I should render my projects in After Effects in an uncompressed format and use Adobe Media Encoder for h264 files.

I already had an h264 render from After Effects done for a Vimeo upload. It was set up per vimeo compression specs (5 Mbps) and artifact-wise it's very clean. The color and contrast is a bit washed out though.

I ran it again through Media Encoder and the color is the same (flat), but the compression artifacts are horrible! On top of that, the file size is a bit bigger.

Any ideas why the compression artifacts are so much worse when I use Media Encoder, and why in both cases I'm losing contrast and color saturation?


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Dan FredleyRe: h264 via AE or Media Encoder
by on May 9, 2012 at 4:58:39 am

It sounds like you are compressing a compression, which is probably why you are getting such bad artifacts. Do uncompressed from AE then run it through Media Encoder. I would actually suggest compressing it with MPEG Streamclip--free from

Dan Fredley

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Craig RogersRe: h264 via AE or Media Encoder
by on May 9, 2012 at 6:44:27 pm

I worded that badly. I took my uncompressed render and ran THAT through AME. It looked like dookie...and in either scenerio the color of my h264 renders are washed out. ???

I've noticed a considerable difference in the look of a video depending on the player playing it as well. They look more washed out played back with Quicktime. VLC player not so much.

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Craig RogersRe: h264 via AE or Media Encoder
by on May 9, 2012 at 11:33:33 pm

I found this info regarding quicktime gamma issues. This "fix" did make my videos play back properly (gammawise), but this can't be the real issue, as 99.9% of quicktime users aren't going to know about this "fix".

How can the single most popular codec (h264) not work properly with the single most popular player (quicktime)? I'm baffled.

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