How to Render in After Effects

After Effects October 27, 2019 2 min read

Hey everyone, this is Owen with Motion Array and in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to render in After Effects. Alright, let’s get started.

So here in After Effects I’ve got an animation that I’m happy with and I’m ready to render it out. With the composition active, I’ll go up to Composition > Add to Render Queue. This will bring up the render queue and you’ll see the composition in it.

If you want an uncompressed version of your video then using the “Lossless” setting will be what you’re looking for. All you need to do is select where you want to output the video to. You can do this by clicking on the blue type next to “Output To:”. Then all that’s left to do is hit “Render”. Once After Effects is finished, you’re video will be waiting for you wherever you decided to output it to.

If you want a compressed version of your video we have to do things a little differently. In the new version of After Effects you can no longer render with the H.264 codec. In order to get your video rendered in H.264 we’ll need to use Adobe Media Encoder. To do this go to Composition > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. This launches AME and will load your composition into the queue. Using the first drop down menu you can select H.264. If you want to fine tune any of your settings here you can click on the preset and adjust things to your liking. Then choose where you want to output your file to and hit the green arrow button to render.

An added benefit of using AME is that you can continue to work in your project while rendering, whereas when rendering in After Effects you can’t do anything else.

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