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hamish boydH.264 rendering, odd frame size
by on Sep 7, 2009 at 12:41:03 pm

Hi all,
Having issues creating a high quality H264 quicktime to deliver for upload to a website... heres what's up....

I have a comp Width 404 and height 600. Portrait framing not traditional tv framing.

I would like to be able to supply a nice high quality H264 quicktime so clients web guys can convert and upload (in that pixal ratio) to a flash player.

I've tried exporting out of final cut using quicktime conversion and also tried compressor, both give me washed out quicktimes.
I found a supposed workaround here

But this has done nothing for me. tried a number of times and no luck.

SO NOW....

I'm in after effects, and I'll admit CS4 is a little new to me (I've had AE 7 for years) and the H264 output takes some getting used to.

Well all went well in the end, rendered out a fantastic looking H264 quicktime (NOT via quicktime, instead from the output Module Format Menu). Looked sharp, and rich in colour.

But sent to client and all he got was a file flashing green and playing random frames, just all over the shop.

So what now? using quicktime gives me a washed out look I can't use or seem to fix, using the H264 output gives me a great looking file that a client with the same quicktime version can't play.

I am running latest quictime on 3 computers all played fine. I am using latest CS4.

Any suggestions would be fab...


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Kevin CampRe: H.264 rendering, odd frame size
by on Sep 7, 2009 at 3:57:43 pm

ae can't render h.264 too well (or any codec that uses temporal compression, like hdv, mpeg-2, etc.).

you be best off to use a compression utility. i like this free utility mpeg streamclip but there are others. aslo, if you have fcp, then you should have compressor, which will work well, and if you have cs4, then you should have adobe media encoder, which will work too.

also, if you really want to let the web guys handle the compression, send them a lossless mov. that way the file only gets compressed once. right now it will get compressed once to h.264 and again for flv, so you will be losing a bit more quality.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer

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hamish boydRe: H.264 rendering, odd frame size
by on Sep 7, 2009 at 9:06:18 pm

Thanks for your reply,
yeah been using compressor, but not happy with the results. Washed out.
Same with exporting out of final cut.
And the work around people talk of does nothing for me.
But handy to know that AE's H264 encoder isn't up to it. Least its not me!

Hadn't thought of using MPGstreamclip for h264 encoding, I'll give it a go.

yeah lossless would be a better delivery for web guys, but its just a workflow issue as I'll need to send all the clips to them via yousendit. High quality H264 seemed to be the best compromise.

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