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

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How to Export After Effects as MP4

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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