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Chapter 17. Output > Making a Movie

Making a Movie

This section explains how to add a composition to the Render Queue window using the Make Movie command. Later sections focus on the Render Queue window and choosing specific settings.

To make a movie from a composition:

1.
Make sure to save your project.

2.
Select a composition.

Projects frequently contain several compositions; make sure you select the one you want to output.

3.
Choose Composition > Make Movie, or press Command-M (Mac) or Ctrl-M (Windows) (Figure 17.7).

Figure 17.7. Choose Composition > Make Movie.


A Save As dialog box appears (Figure 17.8).

Figure 17.8. A Save As dialog box appears. Specify the name and destination for the rendered composition.


4.
In the Save As dialog box, specify a name and destination for the final movie.

If you want to save the movie as a single file, make sure your chosen destination has sufficient storage space to contain the movie.

5.
Click OK to close the Save As dialog box.

The composition appears as an item in the Render Queue window (Figure 17.9).

Figure 17.9. The composition appears as an item in the Render Queue window.


6.
In the Render Queue window, choose Render Settings by doing one of the following:

  • Choose a template from the Render Settings pull-down menu (Figure 17.10).

    Figure 17.10. Choose a template from the Render Settings pull-down menu, or click the underlined name of the current settings to open a dialog box.


  • Click the name of the current render settings to open the Render Settings dialog box.

7.
In the Render Queue window, choose output options by doing one of the following:

  • Choose a template from the Output Options pull-down menu (Figure 17.11).

    Figure 17.11. Choose a template from the Output Module pull-down menu, or click the underlined name of the current settings to open a dialog box.


  • Click the name of the current output options to open the Output Options dialog box.

8.
In the Render Queue dialog box, choose an option from the Log pull-down menu (Figure 17.12):

  • Errors Only

  • Plus Settings

  • Plus Per Frame Info

Figure 17.12. Select the type of log After Effects will generate in the Log pull-down menu.


9.
Click the Render button near the top of the Render Queue window (Figure 17.13).

Figure 17.13. Make sure the Render column is checked for the item, and click Render.


After Effects begins to render the composition. A progress bar and rendering-time data indicate the elapsed render time as well as the estimated time remaining in the rendering process (Figure 17.14). After Effects sounds a chime when rendering is complete.

Figure 17.14. Monitor the rendering progress at the top of the Render Queue window.



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