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Rendering Movies

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Rendering Movies 0:05
    • Output: Outside of After Effects
    • Work Area-Duration
    • Render Queue
    • Render Settings
    • 1st Render

Transcription: Rendering Movies

Hi, welcome back to

This next lesson is on rendering movies.0003

When we are in After Effects we want, at some point, to render out of After Effects.0006

So, think of output as rendering out of the program.0012

When we want to render a movie whether it is a movie file, an mpeg, a windows media file.0015

After Effects has the capability to render out to almost any format.0021

So, let us talk about that. We have a work area in After Effects.0025

Once your movie is already to go and you are happy with what you have got.0032

We are going to render out a movie.0036

So, this area here. If you, kind of, hover over this.0037

This is your work area. It is the duration of the clip.0041

So, let us say that we only wanted to render out the first two seconds of the clip.0045

So, let us go to four seconds.0053

We would go to the four second mark and we would hit the letter N for ending or we can go to B for beginning.0056

So, let us say we just want a specific area.0067

Basically, After Effects will only render out this work area here.0069

So, we can move this ourselves manually or we can just, like, hit the letter B.0074

So, let us render out this whole movie at some point.0079

Let us back up here. So, you can see wherever you put your render you can grab the whole thing, like this.0082

So, let us talk about the render queue.0093

Now, the render queue is where the actual movie goes and that is where it, sort of, sits.0099

And before we start adjusting the render settings.0106

So to do that, let us say we want to render this whole piece here. Let us back it up.0109

And we can go to be end of the clip and ending the composition by hitting N and we are going to render out.0116

The ending is right about here and we are going to hit the letter N and it is going to render this area here.0123

So, now we are ready. So, let us get this movie, this competition into the render queue.0131

So, we are going to go Add to render queue and what it does is it actually has.0136

It is a sort of a holding tank before you adjust your settings, your render settings and choose your different codecs and all that stuff.0147

So, let us talk about the render settings.0155

Now, we are in After Effects and we decide OK, let us make this movie.0161

So, here are the different modules here. We have the render settings, lossless.0166

This is where the actual movie will be output to. So, you have to pick your desire folder.0173

So, let us click on these settings.0177

So, what that does? They actually go back here.0180

If you hold this down you have different presets here.0182

But, what I like to do is actually click on the word Best settings, which prompts into render settings window.0185

And here we can choose the quality, the resolution.0191

Here is where you are going to leave these set best and full.0196

There is different proxies which will get into later.0200

But, this was good to go. It has the frame rate.0203

But, is really just these two fields are what is most important here.0206

Now, on lossless it prompts this window. These are the output modules.0210

If there is sound. I usually like to start with sound.0216

Lot of people render out a movie and they forget to turn their sound on.0219

So, we can turn our sound on. Check that.0222

Now, we can check the different types of audio you want. I usually leave it on 48.0224

Now, we can check the format options.0233

And now we have, under here, we have for the best.0236

What you want to do it depends on which you are rendering out to. But, for the different codecs.0238

If you want your movie or your animation to be crisp in and at high resolution or whatever.0243

Let us say you are rendering out to an editor.0250

You would want to leave it on animation.0252

That will be the highest resolution.0255

There is also Apple ProRes as you can see in here. We have the H2 616463 mpegs.0256

So, it really depends on what you are rendering to.0267

So, let us leave it at animation for now.0269

You can resize it if you need to here.0274

You can have the ratio locked or unlocked.0277

Here we will be setting up alpha channels later.0282

Millions of colors plus you might want to be rendering to web-based projects.0286

So, let us click OK there.0295

So, now we are in the render queue. Now we are ready to go.0298

We also need to set where this is going to go to.0301

Now, here. Check here.0305

I usually have a folder set up, which we will get into later for all my renders to render too.0311

A lot of time people will render something out and have no idea where it is.0318

Else, you want to make sure you have enough space for that render.0322

Sometimes you will get into animation or big clip and you will be rendering something that is maybe 10 gigs or over.0325

So, you want to make sure that wherever hard drive you are rendering to it is enough space there.0331

Alright, so let us do our first render.0336

So, what is going to happen here is, this is all set to go.0342

Your settings are set up. We have a destination.0348

Let us call this. Just call this test01, for now.0354

I have it go to the test renders folder that I have already made.0363

Hit Save and now we are going to do a render. Click render.0366

Now, when it comes to rendering. Depending on the project is when you can take a break.0373

Get some circulation going in the legs. Get a drink of water, a cup of coffee.0380

Because this might not be too long here. You could actually see what it is doing here.0386

This gold bar is moving here.0391

It can give you a time, elapsed time.0393

It will tell you how much time is left.0396

But I have had renders that actually, we had to render overnight, depending on the project.0399

So, it is almost done here. It is going to be a ring on the bell.0402

And that will mean that your movie is baked in the oven, ready to go.0408

Here we go. There it is.0414

So, now we have our first movie rendered.0419

Let us navigate to that folder.0422

We have that Renders, test render and there it is right there.0426

Let us open it up. There is our movie.0434

So, renders are great when you want to test things out.0453

This is where you are going to get used to doing renders.0457

Sometimes you want to do a low resolution render. You might want to drop the resolution.0459

That is where you can see all your mistakes see how things were timed out.0462

It is the big, sort of, reality check.0467

So, rendering is something that you are going to be constantly doing.0469

Alright, thank you for watching I look forward to our next lesson.0475