Recently, I was told that, with the launch of a big product like Crowd Control, I went from being just a guy to being “The Man.”
Sooooooooo not true. I only own a small island. (you know I’m kidding right – if you live outside NYC, there’s a 99% chance your home is a lot bigger than mine). But if it makes you feel better to think so, here’s a video of me being very serious and “the man” like:
But hey, OK – this is a website about video production, so…
Do you see how at the beginning of that video there’s some bad time jitter. A couple of Frames repeat themselves. That’s due to the fact that my pocket video camera films with the H.264 codec. Footage with that codec is not meant for video editing. To quote Creative Cow’s Dave LaRonde: “These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.”
This causes all sorts of problems in AE – video frames can get repeated, for example. You should never work in AE with H.264/MPEG-4 video.
Occasionally I’ve had to use H.264 video – And it sucks. But if you have to export it to another format in AE, make sure to have After Effects dump it’s cache often when rendering – watch this tutorial to learn how – it might just save you from a bad render. Might not though. I’m not even sure why, but it has helped me in the past.
Let me be clear – before using your video in your AE project, convert the video to some other format. In other words, you could import your h.264 video into AE, and then render it to a different format – and THEN bring that new video into your real AE project. The reason I say this is because I’ve found that, with H.264 the more RAM intensive your project, the more likely it is to experience these problems. So better to convert it before adding effects… etc. Better not to use it a all.
Thoughts? Suggestions for working with H.264?