Render Specs


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Quality vs Speed
In order to maintain good site load speeds and also video quality, scene previews need to adhere to standardized render specs. The greater the quality, the larger the file size. So it's a balancing act.
Scene Previews
Render Specs
  1. 960x540
  2. 30fps
  3. H264 encoding
  4. Filesize: 9MB or less
  5. mp4
The goal is to get the highest quality with the smallest file size. If your render is 2MB, for example, and the quality is good, then you're all set.
In After Effects

Trim Comp:  be sure to set your work area start and end points with just a couple extra frames on either end.  Do not fade or cut in/out of black, so the first frame and last frame of your render should be only the scene background.

Set Project Color Depth: 16 or 32 bpc

Since After Effects does not render .mp4, use Adobe Media Encoder.

In After Effects, from the Composition menu, select Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue.  (you can also drag your AE project to the Media Encoder Queue and select the comp you want to render).

In Adobe Media Encoder

Set the following:

  • Format:  H264 (do not choose MPEG4)

Video tab:

  • Check: Export Video
  • Do not check: Export Audio
  • 960x540
  • Frame Rate: 30
  • Check: Render at Maximum Depth
  • Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 2 pass
  • Target Bitrate: (adjust to Estimated File Size, see below)
  • Maximum Bitrate: 30
  • Check: Use Maximum Render Quality

Other settings can be left at default.

Estimated File Size:  adjust the Target Bitrate until the Estimated File Size = 8.

Your render may end up less than 8MB - that's ok - it will probably look good in that case.

If your render is 8MB and the quality is still not that good, then let us know. We'll work with you to find a solution.

Poster Frames (thumbnails)

In AE: Composition > Save Frame As > File

Render Settings:

  • Quality: Best
  • Resolution: Full
  • Field Render: Off
  • Color Depth: 16 or 32 bpc

Output Module:

  • Format: JPEG
  • Channels: RGB
  • Format Options > Quality: Maximum
  • Resize to: 960x540

Make sure your file is 500kb (.5MB) or less.  We will optimize these further prior to posting.