How To Export Video From Adobe After Effects

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Adobe After Effects is a sought-after multimedia software platform utilized in the filmmaking and television industry for post-production. Its remarkable visual effects and proficiency in generating and manipulating motion graphics are highly appreciated. Yet, novice users often ask, “How do I export my project?” In this blog, we will guide you through the steps of exporting your project.

Step 1: Open Your Project

The first thing you need to do is to open the project you want to export. This can be an existing project or a new one that you’ve just finished working on. To open a project, go to the “File” menu and select “Open Project”. Browse to the location of your project file, select it, and click “Open”.

Step 2: Select Your Composition

Once your project is open, you need to select the composition you want to export. Compositions are essentially a compilation of your video and audio files. They can be found in the “Project” panel. To select a composition, simply click on it.

Step 3: Add to Render Queue

After selecting your composition, it’s time to add it to the render queue. The render queue is where After Effects processes your compositions into finished videos. To add your composition to the render queue, go to the “Composition” menu and select “Add to Render Queue”.

Step 4: Set Your Output Settings

Before you can start the rendering process, you need to set your output settings. These settings determine the quality and format of your finished video. To access the output settings, click on the “Output Module” text in the render queue, and a window will appear where you can set the options.

The format you select will depend on where you intend to use your video. For example, if you’re exporting for web use, you might choose H.264, which offers a good balance of quality and file size. If you’re exporting for broadcast, you might choose a lossless format like ProRes.

Note: If you want to include audio in your export, make sure to check the “Audio Output” box.

Step 5: Select Your Output Location

After setting your output settings, you need to tell After Effects where to save your finished video. Click on the “Output To” text in the render queue, and a window will appear where you can select your output location. It’s a good idea to choose a location that has enough free space to store your video.

Step 6: Start Rendering

Once you’re happy with your output settings and location, it’s time to start rendering. To start the rendering process, click on the “Render” button in the render queue. Depending on the complexity of your composition and the speed of your computer, rendering can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.


//Example of rendering in After Effects
1. Open Project
2. Select Composition
3. Add to Render Queue
4. Set Output Settings
5. Select Output Location
6. Click Render


And there you have it! Those are the basic steps to exporting a video from Adobe After Effects. Remember, the key to a successful export is understanding your requirements and setting your output options accordingly.