My After Effects project uses a particle flare footage layer with blending mode "Screen". This plays and looks correct in the AE preview. However, after exporting to Adobe Media Encoder, it generates a render error.
Error compiling movie.
Render returned error.
Writing with exporter: H.264
Writing to file: \\?\C:\Users\brown\Documents\Adobe\After Effects 2020\Projects\NL\NL_AME\NL.mp4
Writing file type: H264
Around timecode: 00:00:01:00
Rendering at offset: 0.000 seconds
Component: H.264 of type Exporter
Error code: -1609629695
I have found that changing the layer blend mode to others such as Normal, Add, Lighten all work correctly (every other mode I tried except Screen seems to work).
Further, I exported the project (using Collect Files), copied it to another PC, where it renders correctly
What can I do to fix the AME error?
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AME version 15.2 build 30
AE version 18.2.0 build 37
Windows 10 Pro (version 2004, build 19041.985)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT710
(admittedly a very minimal graphics card, but it's worked fine for everything else I've done so far)
I normally use the H264 Youtube 1080p preset, which is what you see here.
I've also tried Quicktime with the Apple ProRes 422 which also fails. All the other Quicktime presets I've tried failed, except for the NTSC options which seem to work (but of course at lower resolution). I can tell which ones will work or not by looking at the preview - the ones which fail to render also fail to preview (it gets stuck at the "Rendering..." in the preview window).
However, I can successfully render directly from After Effects (not AME) using QuickTime with Best Settings.