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Creating a Basic Animation Using Effects and Presets

Rendering the composition

You’re ready to prepare your presentation intro for output. When you create output, the layers of a composition and each layer’s masks, effects, and properties are rendered frame by frame into one or more output files or, in the case of an image sequence, into a series of consecutive files.

Making a movie from your final composition can take a few minutes or many hours, depending on the composition’s frame size, quality, complexity, and compression method. When you place your composition in the Render Queue, it becomes a render item that uses the render settings assigned to it.

After Effects provides a variety of formats and compression types for rendering output; the format you choose depends on the medium from which you’ll play your final output or on the requirements of your hardware, such as a video-editing system.

You’ll render and export the composition so that it can be broadcast on television.

  1. Click the Project tab to bring the Project panel forward. If the Project tab is not visible, choose Window > Project.

  2. Do one of the following to add the composition to the Render Queue:

    • Select the Explore Hawaii composition in the Project panel, and choose Composition > Add To Render Queue. The Render Queue panel opens automatically.

    • Choose Window > Render Queue to open the Render Queue panel, and then drag the Explore Hawaii composition from the Project panel onto the Render Queue panel.

  3. Click the arrow to expand the Render Settings options. By default, After Effects renders compositions with Best Quality and Full Resolution. The default settings are fine for this project.

  4. Click the arrow to expand the Output Module options. By default, After Effects uses lossless compression to encode the rendered composition into a movie file.If you’re using Windows, skip to step 5. If you’re using macOS, click the arrow next to Lossless, and choose QuickTime DV NTSC 48kHz.

  5. Click the blue words next to the Output To menu.

  6. In the Output Movie To dialog box, accept the default movie name (Explore Hawaii), select the Lessons/Lesson02/Finished_Project folder for the location, and then click Save.

  7. Back in the Render Queue panel, click the Render button.

    After Effects displays a progress bar in the Render Queue panel as it encodes the file, and issues an audio alert when all items in the Render Queue have been rendered and encoded.

  8. If you want to see your final product, double-click the Explore Hawaii.avi or Explore Hawaii.mov file in the Lessons/Lesson02/Finished_Project folder to open it in Windows Media Player or QuickTime, and then play the file.

  9. Save and close the project file, and then quit After Effects.

    Congratulations. You’ve created a presentation intro suitable for broadcast.

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