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Media encoder exporting AE file at lower quality and file size than preset and estimated file size

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Oct 22, 2020 Oct 22, 2020

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I am very frustrated. Media encoder has been working perfectly fine for rendering my AE animations (as early as yesterday) until today. I tried exporting my AE file through media encoder using High Quality 1080p HD preset and it comes out super small in size (781kb) and blurry. Yesterday I exported an AE animation in a lower quality preset and it came out crisp.


For reference:

  • The video is 4s long (just yesterday I exported a 5s long video and it came out perfectly crisp at 2mb, with estimated file size 5mb or so)
  • The estimated file size indicated in ME with the High quality 1080p HD preset says 11mb (usually when I export the estimate is accurate and I'm using this preset because nothing is giving me the same quality as the source video)
  • The source and output preview in ME is crisp
  • The file is 1920x1080, 29.97 frame rate
  • Format set to H.264
  • Encoding settings are with Profile: High - Level: 4.2
  • Bitrate VBR, 1pass - Target 20


I tried everything, switched up the settings, tried exporting using different programs and it still comes out blurry. When rendering as a .mov through AE directly, it comes out looking crisp. But I need it in mp4 and nothing seems to work! Searched through all the forums and found no solutions. 


Can anyone help me out? 😞


Screenshots below for reference (doesn't really show very well).


Screen shot of the AE preview

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Screen shot of the blurry .mp4 Media encoder export

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 Screenshot of the .mov AE export

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