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Naglis RamanauskasAE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:55:50 am

Mainly everything is in the title. I have created several compositions, which I wanted later to compile into a whole film, and exported them into avi format(DV\DVCPRO-NTSC). Then, when I tried to import the exported video files back to AE or Premiere, it seemed not to be able to recognize the video, only audio playback was available. Help would be appreciated :)


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Graham MacfarlaneRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 16, 2011 at 4:15:33 pm

Do these videos that don't load properly in AE have any problems playing in video players on the same computer?
If so then there might be damaged codecs or codec conflicts on your system, which might be affecting separately what AE can encode and decode.

My first move would be to download and install the latest versions of all your codecs installed on your system, which is easy if you use codec packs such as K-lite for example (which I find quite comprehensive and stable - at least in Win7)

Graham Macfarlane
3D animator and VFX specialist
London UK


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Naglis RamanauskasRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:00:14 pm

The weird thing is that all the media players can open the video files properly, while AE can't even recognize its own. I have tried to reinstall the codec pack, but it didn't help. Any other suggestions?


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Graham MacfarlaneRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:45:55 pm

So your project is set to DV\DVCPRO-NTSC and your rendering out an AVI but what codec are you using?

Graham Macfarlane
3D animator and VFX specialist
London UK


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 4:09:13 pm

I'll wager you're running AE 10, and that you really did export instead of using the Render Queue. AE 10 is a 64-bit application, but a lot of those encoders -- particularly ones in Quicktime -- are still 32-bit, and AE can't properly utilize them when EXPORTING.

How about when rendering using the AE Render Queue? There doesn't seem to be any problem. Go figure.

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


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Naglis RamanauskasRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 4:55:36 pm

Graham:I'm not sure where to look for the codecs, thought it was indicated by DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, where should I look for those?

Dave:I'm actually using AE CS3 and using the render queue didn't actually help, so the problem must be somewhere else.

Anyway, when the movie clips are converted to .wmv with a video converter, AE recognizes it fine, like other .avi or different format clips, that weren't exported from AE. I, however, would like to leave the converting solution till there's nothing else left, because converting such a big quantity of high quality files would really take a lot of time.


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:08:11 pm

[Naglis Ramanauskas] "...I''m not sure where to look for the codecs, thought it was indicated by DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, where should I look for those?"

Look for them in the Output Module settings:
http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WS387852...

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


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Naglis RamanauskasRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:19:11 pm

Output module settings>Main Options>Video output>Format options>Compressor>No compression


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:05:36 pm

And do you get the same behavior if you use one of the other codecs as well?

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


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Naglis RamanauskasRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:50:22 pm

I've tried other codecs now and they seem to act even worse. ffdshow and DV doesn't let me render at all says "invalid compression size (53::35) while cinepac manages to export, but after that, the file cannot be played or imported to AE. Something seems to messed up with the AE codecs, because even if I try to export(not render) different composition with different import files, and import it back to AE, the outcome is the same(it manages to import, but only audio playback is available).


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 7:54:04 pm

Do you happen to have an AJA card installed on your machine? There are known issues with AJA drivers for AE 10.

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


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Naglis RamanauskasRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 8:19:48 pm

Fist of all, I actually use Ae CS3, and secondly, this is the first time this problem has somehow came up, for example I was working on a project with AE a few months ago and everything worked fine, so whatever is wrong now, must be a result of different project settings, changes that have been made in the AE preferences or something similar.


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 8:35:03 pm

[Naglis Ramanauskas] "...whatever is wrong now, must be a result of different project settings, changes that have been made in the AE preferences or something similar...."

...which may also include any changes made to Windows Media or Quicktime during that period.

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


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Walter SoykaRe: AE doesn't recognize its own exported avi
by on Jan 17, 2011 at 9:08:26 pm

[Naglis Ramanauskas] "whatever is wrong now, must be a result of different project settings, changes that have been made in the AE preferences or something similar."

Have you reset AE's preferences? From the Work with preferences [link] help page:
To restore default preference settings, hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift while the application is starting. To also restore default keyboard shortcuts, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the OK button.


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