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Mark HamiltonNo MPEG2 output module
by on Mar 9, 2010 at 1:02:34 am

I am trying to export a video in After Effects 7 but when I click on lossles the output module for MPG2 or MPG2 DVD is not there and I know I had it there before. I have upgraded my desktop to Windows 7 and loaded After Effects on again and now cannot see it. I am using some .jpg images along with an avi file.

Any help?


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Dave LaRondeRe: No MPEG2 output module
by on Mar 9, 2010 at 3:38:34 pm

This may be due to changes in Microsoft's licensing of the mpeg2 codec. This is merely a guess. But in any event, this is probably a blessing in disguise for you. 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.


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


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Mark HamiltonRe: No MPEG2 output module
by on Mar 9, 2010 at 3:55:39 pm

Thanks Dave. I really appreciate the response. I have used AVI2MPG originally but then switched to using the MPG module in AE and it seemed to do a good job. I was just unsure as to why it does not appear in the list of options now.

Mark


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Dave LaRondeRe: No MPEG2 output module
by on Mar 9, 2010 at 4:18:41 pm

Hey, whatever floats your boat.

I still say that AE isn't the application you want to make an mpeg2 file. Pretty much anything else is better.

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


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Mark HamiltonRe: No MPEG2 output module
by on Mar 9, 2010 at 4:28:01 pm

Will probably try one of the others but again, just do not understand why the option to select MPG2 just dissapeared from the export modules.

thanks,

Mark


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