How to export After Effects as MP4 (without Media Encoder) 2021
How to Export After Effects as MP4

How to export After Effects as MP4 (without Media Encoder) 2021

In this video, I show an easy method on how to export/convert/render your After Effects project as MP4 in After Effects CC 2018 that you can send to and watch on your iPhone.

This is a method without using Media Encoder but instead downloading and using HandBrake.

This is a good method especially if you have an After Effect video that you want to post on Instagram for example which can only be done through your phone.

Step-by-Step on How to Export After Effects as MP4

  • Open the Composition Settings in After Effects.
  • Make sure the Pixel Ratio Aspect is set to Square Pixels.
  • Export in Render Queue. You will get a .mov file.
  • Download program called Handbrake
  • Chose the movie in Handbrake
  • Make sure the Dimensions are right. The Cropping to Custom and 0 on all form fields.
  • Chose where to save the video and the name.
  • Click Start to convert from .mov to .mp4
  • If on Mac
    • Open the file in Finder
    • Right-click on Share
    • Chose Airdrop
    • Choose the device you want to share it to.
  • Done!

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