Rendering After Effects for DVD or DV

2. Setting the Render Settings

In Aftereffects, open the Render Que from the Window Menu. Drag the composition you wish to render from your project window to the Render queue.

The render queue is a list of compositions that can render in order. If you have many compositions to render you may list them in the queue, and batch render.

Set the "Render Settings" to ‘Best’ using the drop-down menu.

Click on the word Best, the window shown below will appear.

IF - you are rendering stop-motion animation, hand-drawn animation, or straight computer animation, keep the Field Render set at OFF.

IF - you are rendering DV footage, AfterEffects motion graphics (position or rotation keyframed in after effects, then set Field Render to "LOWER Field First". Then press OK.

Click on the word LOSSLESS next to the Output settings.

Adjust all of the settings to match the picture.
DEFAULT FORMAT TYPE IS AVI ­ Change to Quicktime movie.
You will need to click on the Format Options to select the compression settings.

If you are using audio, you will check the audio output box, and set it to match the rate of DV and DVD, 48000KHz 16 bit stereo. Then Click OK.

Click on the underlined word next to OUTPUT TO, and direct your movie file to be rendered in a folder on the D drive and name the movie.

Save your Project. Saving now will save these render settings. Then click RENDER.

NOTE: IF YOU OPEN THE MOVIE AFTER RENDERING, AND VIEW IT ON THE COMPUTER MONITOR - IT WILL LOOK FUZZY AND STRETCHED OUT HORIZONTALLY. THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM, IT WILL LOOK FINE ON THE VIDEO MONITOR PLAYING OUT FROM FINAL CUT PRO.

Tip: After rendering do not save your project, when you reopen your project, the comp will be queued to rerender.
Joshua Mosley © 2005