Every time I export my project as h.264, It seems as if the exported video isn't as sharp and clear, and black levels are really off. Comparing to the source video, it looks like too much detail is lost, and anything black is lighter black than it should be. Is there some settings for exporting that i need to configure?
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
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.
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