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Author: Autokroma

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Quick Overview

AE native exporter bringing you ProRes / H264 / H265 codecs for excellent quality and lightweight videos, on Windows and OSX.

Free trial available by clicking green TRY button above !

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AfterCodecs is a native render queue plugin for After Effects that allows you to render directly to the codecs listed below.

Need to render ProRes on Windows?

Want to render directly to a small file size, high quality H264 straight from the After Effects render queue?

AfterCodecs can do it without requiring any intermediate step!

Please read the Known Limitations + F.A.Q. below and use the 500 Frames Trial before buying


  • ProRes : 422 LT / Proxy / Normal / HQ (10 bit) and even 4444 that supports Alpha Channel.
  • x264 : best H264 / AVC implementation, outperforming both Adobe Media Encoder and QuickTime H264.
  • x265 : files are 30% lighter than x264 and it also supports 8K resolution.
  • x264 RGB : same as x264 but avoids YUV colorspace, best for storing separate channels in one video (UV map, Alphas...) for power users only.
  • HAP GPU accelerated codecs : Hap, Hap Alpha and Hap Q, you can choose if you want to compress frames and how many chunks you need.

x26* codecs also support lossless encoding in which there is no compression artifacts, keeping the original data intact

Comparison with AME

AfterCodecs will create a smaller, better looking file directly in the After Effects render queue. What's not to love?

Comparison with AME


How to install

Use the aescripts + aeplugins manager application and follow the instructions given in the .pdf included in the archive. ffmpeg installation can be done automatically in AfterCodecs or manually by downloading the zip below.

Known Limitations

  • Don't use the ProRes for broadcast. Always test your hardware and software. It is a reverse engineered version of ProRes not approved by Apple ; for example ProRes 4444 Alpha channel not accepted by Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Mini.
  • If the content is complex (with small repetitive patterns in background for example etc.), AfterCodecs' ProRes has a hard time matching the official Apple bitrate : files can be 50% bigger but they will also be of higher quality. If that happens, you can try to step down the profile (e.g. choose Normal over HQ)
  • For x264 Quality < 100 and x265, dimensions of the video must be even (odd resolutions will fail)
  • Alpha renders (ProRes 4444 and Hap) don't store the Alpha mode, by default when reimported in AE the footage will be in "Straight" Mode
  • There's a slight color shift when ProRes videos are played in Quicktime Player and VLC (but no color shift when the video is re-imported in AE)
  • ProRes 422 always have a soundtrack even if you don't render sound (for AE OSX compatibility)
  • There seem to be an issue with High DPI screens on OSX (4K / 5K), press SHIFT+ESC to put the window back in the top left corner


  • There's an issue with my render, what should I do ?
    Please open a new ticket about AfterCodecs, don't forget to send the .log file generated by AfterCodecs !
  • The ffmpeg download doesn't work, what should I do ?
    Please follow the manual instruction in the .pdf given with the AfterCodecs downloaded archive\
  • Quicktime doesn't play my video !
    Be sure to be using x264 (and not x264 RGB or x265), a maximum of 1920x1080 resolution. If it still doesn't work, choose the H264 Main Profile
  • Can I use my own ffmpeg command line ?
    Not yet, sorry. If you want to discuss this feature and what you need, please open a new ticket :) 
  • Can I have a preview of the final file size ?
    Not yet but this a planned feature don't worry
  • Is x264 different from H264 ?
    H264 is the norm and x264 a software encoder that implements H264, faster and of better quality than encoders from Adobe or Quicktime
  • How do I render in 16 bit per channel ?
    Be sure to set your AE project in 16 bpc, it will export to AfterCodecs in 16 bpc (even if you select "Millions of Colors" instead of "Trillions of Colors")
  • Where is the Hap codec ?
    Select "Hap (Alpha)" and export in RGB in the AE settings. Exporting in RGB+Alpha will automatically switch the codec to Hap Alpha.
  • Is a compatibility with CS5 / CS6 planned ?


See "Version History" tab.

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 and higher
  • OSX 10.10 and higher
After Effects CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014