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How should I export my video?

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Video: How should I export my video?

One of the After Effects questions that I hear most often is, how should I export my video? What file format, what method of compression should I use? This isn't really an impossible question to answer. It's almost like asking me like what kind of car you should buy or what city you should live in. It's going to be very widely based on your needs, the situation, the client, and where it's going to be posted and all that kind of stuff. So, let's talk about this a little bit. I am going to go to Render Queue, hit the Tilde key to maximize this, and go ahead and click the Lossless text to open up the Output Module.

How should I export my video?

One of the After Effects questions that I hear most often is, how should I export my video? What file format, what method of compression should I use? This isn't really an impossible question to answer. It's almost like asking me like what kind of car you should buy or what city you should live in. It's going to be very widely based on your needs, the situation, the client, and where it's going to be posted and all that kind of stuff. So, let's talk about this a little bit. I am going to go to Render Queue, hit the Tilde key to maximize this, and go ahead and click the Lossless text to open up the Output Module.

As mentioned before, we can use the Format dropdown to choose a variety of formats. As I mentioned before, Image Sequences really are very beneficial to me. I love using Sequences. And every time you see the word sequence, IFF Sequence, JPEG Sequence, PNG Sequence, these are all still image file formats. There is also audio file formats, such as WAV, and there is also video formats of QuickTime, MPEG4 and H.264, etcetera. If you are on a PC, you'll have Windows Media down here.

For the time being, I am just going to choose QuickTime. One of the most important things to realize about video is that the format matters less than the actual method of compression. So, the format, in other words like .MOV or .AVI, that doesn't really matter all that much. What matters is the codec, and the codec is short for compressor/decompresser. And what that means is a system that is used to compress the video. And we access that through this Format Options button, the ever-critical Format Options button.

So, we go to the Video Codec area and we choose the dropdown here and we have a variety of codecs. Now, depending on what you have installed on your system, you might not have this many codecs, or you might have more than this. It all depends on what codecs you have installed, again, will change what you can access here. If you're looking for a very high quality codec, then you will want to maybe try Animation. Sometimes Uncompressed is a little bit too big. Animation is compressed a little bit.

But if you have quality at a hundred, you probably are going to be able to tell the difference. Also, what's important about the Animation codec, as far as QuickTime goes, is it allows you to export an alpha channel, in other words transparency. To export transparency, an clpha channel, you go to the Channels dropdown and choose RGB+Alpha. And the Depth should be Millions of Colors+. That plus is the alpha channel. So, say, for example, you have used Keylight to key some footage or move that green screen background and you want to export just the person talking, let's say to another video editing program like Final Cut Pro or something, then you want to make sure that the channels are set to RGB and Alpha so that Transparency shows up when you import it into Final Cut.

Now, as you can see here from this dropdown, the ways that you can compress footage are virtually endless. And so, I am not going to go through and list the pluses and minuses of every single one of these formats. They are just so much here. And your clients might have a certain requirement. Or if you're posting a video to the Web. Let's say you are into Vimeo or YouTube. They will have their own specifications and suggestions of how you should compress it before uploading it to their site. Now that being said, I am just going to go ahead and hit Cancel here.

Go to the Format dropdown. One of the most popular formats out these days is H.264. It's a means of compression that is extremely powerful. As you could see here, it's used in Blu-ray. Other than the MPEG-2 Format, which was used for DVDs, the only other specification right now for Blu-ray that's allowed is H.264. So, as you can see, because Blu-ray is a high-definition disc, basically what this means is that H.264 very high quality. But H.264 can also make very tiny files for the Web.

So, a lot of the video that you are seeing on iPhone, on other mobile devices, on the Web, it comes from H.264 video, the method used to compress H.264. So, this is a very popular way to compress video and have it still look really good and have very small file sizes. Most of the video files we have used in this training series are H.26 files. Also, if you have a Canon 7D or 5D Mark II, one of those cameras that makes video, they output H.264 files as well.

So, if you are looking for something that looks pretty good but is lightweight and pretty popular, H.264 is a good way to go. Again, however, I need to stress that the output and the client really is the one that needs to dictate what your output setting should be. So, you should ask your client what is the purpose, what format should you use, what method of compression should you use? So that way you know that you get the absolute right settings.

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After Effects CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 40s
    1. Introduction
      1m 30s
    2. What is After Effects?
      3m 12s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      58s
  2. 28m 14s
    1. After Effects workflow overview
      2m 18s
    2. Bringing elements into After Effects
      2m 23s
    3. Adding elements to the Timeline
      1m 57s
    4. Working with layers
      3m 45s
    5. Creating animation with presets
      3m 24s
    6. Applying effects
      3m 34s
    7. Creating animation without presets
      5m 38s
    8. Previewing your work
      2m 46s
    9. Exporting content as a movie file
      2m 29s
  3. 27m 20s
    1. Touring the interface
      6m 2s
    2. How After Effects projects work
      4m 47s
    3. What is a composition?
      4m 52s
    4. Tips for adding content to compositions
      2m 49s
    5. Understanding the properties of video
      8m 50s
  4. 57m 8s
    1. Importing an Illustrator file
      4m 57s
    2. Animation basics
      7m 12s
    3. Animating opacity
      6m 40s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      4m 57s
    5. Animating position
      6m 8s
    6. Animating rotation
      4m 41s
    7. Animating scale
      7m 19s
    8. Using the Puppet tool
      7m 13s
    9. Copying and pasting keyframes
      3m 4s
    10. Animation shortcuts
      4m 57s
  5. 9m 42s
    1. Understanding precomposing
      6m 51s
    2. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. A showcase of effects
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a layer for effects
      3m 1s
    3. Applying effects
      4m 54s
    4. Animating effect properties
      4m 29s
    5. Using Glow
      5m 34s
    6. Creating patterns and textures
      6m 57s
    7. Creating a fireball
      7m 9s
    8. Using the Cycore effects
      5m 58s
    9. Adding blur
      5m 45s
    10. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      8m 38s
    11. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    12. Creating and using lens flares
      4m 21s
    13. Creating lightning bolts
      4m 3s
    14. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 39s
  7. 30m 52s
    1. Shortening the duration of layers
      4m 23s
    2. Trimming in the Footage panel
      4m 14s
    3. Slowing and accelerating video speed
      7m 9s
    4. Applying video transitions between clips
      6m 7s
    5. Working with image sequences
      4m 47s
    6. Importing footage with an alpha channel
      4m 12s
  8. 36m 11s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      9m 12s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      6m 34s
    3. Creating cinematic color treatments
      8m 17s
    4. Creating a quick vignette
      3m 42s
    5. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      4m 50s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      3m 36s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Creating and editing text
      7m 39s
    2. Applying text animation presets
      4m 41s
    3. Animating text manually
      4m 43s
    4. Applying layer styles to text
      4m 6s
  10. 28m 58s
    1. Let's get better
      37s
    2. Using work areas
      3m 37s
    3. Creating markers
      6m 17s
    4. Replacing layers
      2m 35s
    5. Mastering Timeline navigation
      3m 18s
    6. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 4s
    7. Selecting layers quickly
      1m 56s
    8. Cropping layers
      3m 43s
    9. Adjusting comp resolution
      3m 51s
  11. 23m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      9m 35s
    2. Using the Roto Brush tool
      9m 25s
    3. Animating growing vines
      4m 53s
  12. 40m 29s
    1. Creating and using masks
      6m 42s
    2. Exploring mask options
      7m 57s
    3. Creating masks with Auto-trace
      6m 51s
    4. Masking objects with other objects
      5m 33s
    5. Making shape layers
      3m 43s
    6. Modifying shape layers
      9m 43s
  13. 30m 44s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      9m 22s
    2. Creating lights and cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Creating shadows
      4m 23s
    4. Using depth of field
      4m 42s
    5. Working with 3D effects
      6m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. Removing a green screen background
      4m 37s
    2. Refining the matte
      4m 48s
    3. Compositing with color adjustments
      4m 50s
    4. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 55s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      2m 5s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 55s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 29s
    4. Drawing motion with Motion Sketch
      2m 51s
    5. Creating pauses in animation
      3m 6s
    6. Understanding temporal interpolation
      1m 56s
    7. Easing keyframes
      5m 57s
    8. About the Graph Editor
      4m 25s
  16. 12m 13s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      7m 46s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 27s
  17. 24m 58s
    1. Setting up parent layers
      5m 49s
    2. Working with null objects
      2m 31s
    3. What are expressions?
      7m 17s
    4. Modifying simple expressions
      2m 20s
    5. Using the wiggle expression
      7m 1s
  18. 6m 52s
    1. Understanding audio in motion graphics
      1m 22s
    2. Previewing and mixing audio
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      1m 35s
  19. 11m 36s
    1. Adding comps to the Render Queue
      2m 30s
    2. Exploring key Render Queue settings
      4m 11s
    3. How should I export my video?
      4m 55s
  20. 7m 16s
    1. Using Photoshop with After Effects
      2m 10s
    2. Using Illustrator with After Effects
      3m 2s
    3. Using Flash with After Effects
      2m 4s
  21. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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