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roy fruchter
After effects splitting my final files !
on Feb 9, 2010 at 1:26:17 pm

Im rendering my project to h.264 quicktime format, and when the files exceeds 1GB it splits the file.
so if i wanna render 8 min composition into uncompressed file - it's splitting my file to 8 different files !

i also tried rendering it into the computer HDD, and still does the same.

any ideas people ?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: After effects splitting my final files !
on Feb 9, 2010 at 2:45:56 pm

[roy fruchter] "I'm rendering my project to h.264 quicktime format..."

Bad idea. 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.

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[roy fruchter] "....when the files exceeds 1GB it splits the file. "

This soundslike it could be a simple fix in AE's Preferences. I'd go over preferences with a fine-toothed comb. I think you'll find the problem there.

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


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Todd Kopriva
Re: After effects splitting my final files !
on Feb 9, 2010 at 4:55:33 pm

It seems that you have Segment Movie Files turned on. See "Overflow volumes and segment settings".

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