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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?
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.
- 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.
- Windows 7 and higher
- OSX 10.10 and higher
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