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4.1 Exporting

Now you have your logo sting modified with your logo and a short musical sting, you need to get it out of After Effects so you can use it in other projects. In this lesson you'll learn how to setup a render and export your video!

4.1 Exporting

Now that you have your logo staying modified with your logo in a short musical sting, it's time to get it out of After Effects so you can use it in other projects, or maybe even just post it to the web. In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up, render and export your video. If I want to render out one of these comps, what I'm going to do is select the comp that I want and then I'm going to hit Ctrl+ M on the keyboard. And that's going to add it to the render queue which opens up here on the timeline panel. Now alternatively, let me just close that music comp there, alternatively you can just come up here to comp. And then choose Add to Render Queue. But you can see the keyboard shortcut is right there Ctrl + M. Either way, it does the same exact thing. I'm just gonna delete that one there. All right, so the comp is in the render queue now, and there's a few different ways that you can render it from here. You can render it right inside of After Effects or you can queue this comp to render in Adobe Media Encoder. Most of the time, that's the better option because it will render faster. And if you're still working in After Effects, frees you up to make some more modifications. Because if you use the After Effects renderer, since you get this render button, it's going to lock you out of making any changes to this comp or any of the other comps while its rendering. A few things down here. If you're going to use the After Effects renderer, which is totally fine, what you first want to do is come down here to the output two section and click on that little link. Select the appropriate place for this to render to. Now I'm just going to render this out to the folder on the desktop. And I'm gonna create a new folder, which our windows is right here, but I just use a short cut, Ctrl + Shift + N. And I will name this, output it's really clever, you can rename it right here, I'm just gonna leave it as PM 01. Make sure that's gonna save inside of this folder here, and then click Save. In the output module, this is where you can choose from various After Effects presets. Now you'll see some that you don't have, because I've made several of these. And not all of these are going to work for you. You can go into custom, and under custom, you can choose the format that you want. Now, you may be looking for something like A shot 264, but you're not gonna find that In here. There used to be an option to encode an H.264 in the after effects render but they recently removed that. You can still do that if you want, but you have to use Adobe Media Encoder which I'll show you in just a second. What I recommend if you are going to be using this in another video application say Adobe Premier or whatever. And if you're gonna be adding this in the beginning or end of your video, you want to use an intermediate codec. H.264 is a delivery codec. It's not the best choice for being recompressed because it's already pretty compressed to begin with. So an intermediate codec is usually much higher bit rate, uncompressed audio, and very, very, very little picture detail loss. What I usually use is a format of Quicktime and then under the format options I choose GoPro Cineform. You see those few options here. You can also do DNX, HD, or DNX HR which is another good intermediate Kodiak with a a quality level of four. And that's usually fine. So I'm gonna leave it set to Quicktime, again, and use the GoPro Cineform. And then if I wanted to, I would just click this Render button right here, and it would render that file. However, like I mentioned before, probably the best way to do it, is to click this Queue in AME, which is Adobe Media Encoder button and that will launch Adobe Media Encoder. Now while it's launching, I'll just mention that, this output module here, is only relevant if you're going to use the after effects renderer. Because, as you will see in just a second, when i pull in Adobe Media Encoder. Here is my project, the after effects, PM 01 and I don't know why I put another 1 there, it doesn't matter. But under format, it's H264, and it's set to Match Source- High bitrate. By default, when you send it over to Adobe Media Encoder, it will be in a format of whatever it that you used Adobe Media Encoder 4 last. So the last thing I used this for was H264 and I just had it set to the Match Source High bitrate preset. The output file is correct but the output module that I set up here doesn't translate over to Adobe Media Encoder. That's because Adobe Media Encoder actually has a lot more Format options. So if I wanted to set that up exactly the same, what I would have to do is come down here to Quicktime under format. And then there's actually a preset that I use, which is GoPro Cineform RGB 12-bit with alpha. That one is very good, also this one, GoPro CineForm YUV 10 bit is also fine. Either one of those are really good intermediate codexts that you will see no picture loss at all. They'll be great for pulling into Premier or whatever video application you're working on. And recompressing that to a delivery codec which would be H.264. Now if you were just gonna take this logo and upload it to YouTube or something, then H.264 is probably what you're going to be after. And under H.264, there are some presets for things like YouTube. So you can just select that there. And then all you need to do is hit this start button right here. And you're off to the races. It's pretty much all there is to it. Now this will take a little bit to encode. Now depending on your hardware this could be anywhere from a couple of minutes. You can see right now it's giving me an estimate of 3 minutes and 40 seconds. If you have faster hardware, this will fly right through in probably 90 seconds or so. But if you have slower hardware maybe an older machine, maybe a laptop, this could take 10, 20 minutes depending on the comp. Especially if I rendered one of those other ones with the cameras. If you had depth of field enabled you could be looking at like an hour and a half maybe two hours or more just for this six second little clip here. That's just the way it goes, it's one of the things that you just Sort of have to accept about creating these really cool looking graphics even though they don't take a lot of time to modify and customize. We can take a pretty good amount of time to export and render. That's it, I click right on this file in Adobe Media Encoder. It's gonna bring that up there and now I can play it. [MUSIC] All right, that looked very, very cool. And it only took a couple minutes to export. That about wraps it up for this video. Coming up in the next lesson, you're gonna get a few more tips and tricks for even more customization.

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