Select File > Export > Add to Render Queue to add your composition to the Render Queue.
Use the Output Module Settings to encode H.264 directly from the After Effects Render Queue.
This feature uses the Adobe Media Encoder (AME) UI along with AME’s backend encoding system, all without leaving After Effects.
If you need more control, you can customize the H.264 settings, such as resolution, frame rate, and color management. If you need more control or specific settings, you can still use Adobe Media Encoder via Dynamic Link or transcode an existing video file.
H.264 export also supports both Hardware and Software Encoding modes.
After Effects displays a warning dialog if there is a mismatch between After Effects Render / Output settings and H.264 settings.
The warning dialog contains the issue and the adjustment that will take place. Select OK to accept the changes or return to the H.264 Options dialog to make any changes.
A settings warning is also visible in the Output Module Setting dialog when a mismatch in settings is configured. You can select the Settings mismatch icon to get more information.
After Effects currently supports three presets you can pick based on your desired target bit rate. These will automatically set the Profile and Level based on the output resolution of the composition. Choose the appropriate bit rate preset from 5, 15, or 40 Mbps, depending upon your resolution or the render quality required.
If you install a fresh copy of After Effects or clear your output module preferences, the H.264 – Match Render Settings – 15 Mbps preset will be configured as the Movie and Save Current Preview Default Output Module Templates. The next time you add a composition to the render queue, it will automatically be configured for H.264 output. You can adjust the defaults in the Output Module Templates editor, choose Edit > Templates > Output Module.
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