From After Effects CC 2014 and upwards, AE has removed the option of directly rendering the project to MP4 from the render queue. And now, you need to use Adobe Media Encoder (AME) to make After Effects export MP4, which is the simplest way. Yet if you don’t have a Media Encoder, there is still a workaround to it. Follow this article to learn how to export After Effects to MP4 step by step.
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Adobe After Effects is one of the prime software to enhance videos with stunning motion graphics and visual effects. It used to allow people to export their finished projects directly as MP4 for sharing on YouTube and the like. Now it needs you to resort to Adobe Media Encoder to encode the project as MP4. In this post, you’ll learn how to save After Effects as MP4 with AME. For people who have no AME, we’ve also got your covered. A detailed tutorial of how to export After Effects to MP4 without Media Encoder is illustrated in part two as well. Please read on to know more!
The easiest way to export MP4 from After Effects is through AME. The detailed steps are given below:
Step 1. On the top menu bar, click Composition > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue, or press “Ctrl + Alt + M” on the keyboard to add the currently active composition into the Media Encoder.
Step 2. From the lower-left Preset Browser, select H.264. Then go to the upper-right Queue panel, click on any of the settings colored in blue to access Export Settings.
Step 3. Select H.264 (be careful not to choose MPEG4) from the Format drop-down options. This will make After Effects export MP4 using the H.264 codec. You can continue to tweak other export settings from preset to output name. The whole process is similar to exporting MP4 from Premiere Pro. When you are done with the settings, hit OK.
Step 4. Finally, click the green play icon on the top-left corner to export your project as MP4.
If you don't have a Media Encoder, try this method - render your composition as AVI or Quicktime video from the render queue, and then use a third-party converter to convert the After Effects project to MP4. Here are the how-tos:
Step 1. On the top menu bar, click File > Export > Add to Render Queue.
Step 2. At the bottom area of the AE interface, click on Output Module to open Output Module Settings. Then select AVI or Quicktime from the Format drop-down list. Continue to alter other settings if there is a need. When all is ready, click OK.
Step 3. Next, click the Render button to begin to export your project as an AVI or Quicktime video.
This process needs a third-party video converter. And I would use a freeware WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory to illustrate how to convert the AE project to MP4.
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Step 1. Launch Free HD Video Converter and open Converter. Click on “+ Add Files” to import the AE project into the converter.
Step 2. Click on the right format icon to select the output format as MP4. If you have other thoughts, choose any format you prefer, like YouTube formats under the Web tab.
Step 3. When all is set, hit Run to start the conversion.
Tips: You can add more projects into the converter for batch conversion.
That’s all for After Effects export MP4. Hope it can solve your problem of how to save After Effects to MP4. Now, time to use AE to create dazzling titles and animation for your work! Thanks for reading!