Feature Focus: Exporting H.264 from the After Effects Render Queue

Adobe Employee ,
Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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Starting with Beta build, AE 23.0x11, H.264 is now available as an option in the Output Module Settings dialog allowing you to encode to H.264 directly from the AE Render Queue.

 

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This integration utilizes the Adobe Media Encoder (AME) UI along with AME’s backend encoding system all without leaving After Effects. We have also included 3 H.264 presets to get you started.

 

If you need more control, you can customize the H.264 settings by clicking on a Format Options button in the Output Module Settings dialog. Not every option that is available in AME is exposed inside AE, and some settings such as resolution, frame rate, color management, are still set from AE’s Render Settings or Output Module Settings, but there should be enough to tweak for most users.

 

H.264 export also supports both Hardware and Software Encoding modes. The same accelerated export you have in AME and Premiere Pro is now available for H.264 export in AE.

 

If you need more control or specific settings, you can still use Adobe Media Encoder, via Dynamic Link or transcoding an existing video file.

 

Selecting the H.264 Exporter and Related Settings

1. Add a composition to be exported to the Render Queue

 

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2. Click on the Blue Text (High Quality in the example image) in the Output Module section. This will bring up the Output Module Settings dialog where you can select H.264 from the Format drop-down.

 

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3. Clicking on Format Options in the Video Output section will take you to the available H.264 Options dialog box:

 

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4. Adjust the encoding performance, profile and level of encoding, bitrate and any other settings that are shown as desired.

 

5. The Audio and Multiplexer tabs are also available for configuring those settings:

 

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6. Click OK when you are happy with the settings.

 

Settings Mismatch Warning

Sometimes there will be a mismatch between AEs render / output settings and what is supported by the H.264 format. In that case, clicking OK after editing the H.264 settings will result in a warning dialog:

 

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The warning dialog contains the issue and what adjustment will take place. You can click OK to accept the changes or return to the H.264 Options dialog to make any changes.

 

A settings warning will also be visible in the Output Module Setting dialog when a mismatch in settings is configured. Click on the icon to get more information:

 

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H.264 Output Module Presets

For those not familiar with configuring H.264 exports, we have also included 3 presets that you can pick from based on your desired target bit rate. These will automatically set the Profile and Level based on the output resolution of the composition. Depending upon your resolution or render quality required, choose the appropriate bit rate preset from 5, 15 or 40 Mbps.

 

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Finally, if you install a fresh copy of AE or clear your output module preferences, the H.264 – Match Render Settings – 15 Mbps preset will be configured as the Movie Default Output Module Template. The next time you add a composition to the render queue, it will be configured for H.264 output automatically. You can adjust the defaults in the Output Module Templates editor (Edit Menu -> Templates -> Output Module…):

 

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Please try it out and let us know how it works for you. Feedback on the preset settings and names is also welcome.


Thanks,
Sean

 

 

 

 

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Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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This is going to make a lot of people very happy.

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Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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Our discord server is gonna have a field day with this

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Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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I am one of them, mostly based on not having to explain this any more.

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Explorer ,
Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

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so great to see how Ae fulfills the user requests!
So... but... while the renderqueue is working, can we work further in Ae? That's the only reason I use the AME...

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Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

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That's a good question, I think the idea is that if you need to get a client a quick h.264 asap then stay in AE, if you need to keep working on other AE comps while rendering then hop to AME. I wonder if it was the user requests, or for AE to play nicer with frame.io, maybe both? There was also a recent viral video by Corridor Crew criticizing AE. Not being able to export h.264 directly from AE was one of the main points.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 09, 2022 Aug 09, 2022

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User requests for it is the primary reason. 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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Damn, you guys are on the ball recently! Multiframe rendering, colored keyframe markers, selectable trackmattes, exporting to H.624 directly in AE? I'm not sure what's started this trend, but I hope it doesn't stop anytime soon - it finally feels like you guys are truly listening to your users! Genuinely excited to see what else you guys have in store (fingers crossed for some form of layer groups 😉🤞)

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Explorer ,
Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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when finished rendering: since when it's no more possible to click on the Name to go quickly to the output file in the explorer folder?

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Aug 09, 2022 Aug 09, 2022

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Right click on the Speichern unter and you should get a pop up menu to go to the destination folder. 

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Aug 10, 2022 Aug 10, 2022

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right click does nothing: So it works: First you have to click the arrow, then on that tiny (red) box, see attachment, if you don't have a longer subfolder to save the file in it. I mixed the function up with AME (my fault, sorry)

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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Do you have any plan to enable AE to export Gifs?

Please do it.

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Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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gifgun is a pretty solid plugin. Do you use that instead?

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Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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A few times yes, but ideally I hope it could become a built-in feature of AE, it seems that making animations into GIFs is a need for many people.

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Aug 08, 2022 Aug 08, 2022

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Applaus, Applaus, Applaus,

Thank you Adobe developers for bringing this basic feature finally back where it belongs after more then 10 years...

 

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Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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You know, in India it's so hot and no one what's to code so hard, so it takes a while.... rolf. 

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Aug 15, 2022 Aug 15, 2022

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A que ponto chegamos em que exportar em H264 vai ser a novidade de 2023, incrível Adobe, incrível.

 

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Aug 17, 2022 Aug 17, 2022

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kkkk. integração 100% com gpu com certeza será a novidade de 2030.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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I'm loving the convenience of this feature. I think the preset output modules are good too.

 

...EXCEPT...

This should be named 05 Mbps so it sorts correctly. 

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Thank you!

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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Rather than a 05, we can just add a space in front of the 5, which has it sort up. Sound ok? 

 

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As long as it sorts up, I'm gonna be happy! I think that's more readable than the leading 0.

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Done. Will be in the beta in a day or two (though you'll have to clear your -output prefs to see the update). 

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Sep 21, 2022 Sep 21, 2022

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Why name them with “Match Render Settings” and not simply “H.264 - ## Mpbs”? All output modules already “match render settings” unless you specifically enable custom resize/crop options.

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Sep 21, 2022 Sep 21, 2022

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The H.264 Profile/Level settings can cause the output resolution to change if you use a setting too low. These presets will adjust the profile and level automatically based on the resolution and bit rate. The existing presets don't have settings that can change the resolution without you knowing, so we chose to label them more directly. If you also use AME, you'll see presets with more descriptive names, so we've also tried to follow suite. 

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