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v1.9.3 Autokroma AfterCodecs

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Filling the codec gap - all the codecs and features you need

After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder native exporters bringing you ProRes / H264 / H265 / HAP codecs for excellent quality and lightweight videos, on Windows and OSX, no Quicktime needed.


Highlights

ProRes on Windows, H264 8K (not limited to 4K) and a fast YouTube export profile easy to use, HAP codecs – Finally say goodbye to Quicktime!

Better and faster compression

AfterCodecs uses ffmpeg to encode H264 and H265:

  • Low bitrates videos are of better quality than before
  • Choose the efficiency you need : fast encoding for your previews or low filesize for final delivery
  • Save time directly in AE render queue without touching the command line and having huge temporary files

AfterCodecs ProRes rendering is on average 15% faster than QuickTime

AfterCodecs AE vs. Exporting with AME

AfterCodecs will create a smaller, better looking file directly in the After Effects render queue. What’s not to love?

Filling the codec gap

AfterCodecs brings you with consistency all the codecs & features you need, without Quicktime and in .MP4 and .MOV:

  • ProRes 422 / 4444 / XQ : yes even on Windows and older versions of Adobe. Included a new ProRes 4444 Light unofficial profile to get both Alpha channel and lower filesize
  • All 4 HAP codecs from Vidvox but with faster algorithms and without resolution restrictions
  • Special Premiere Pro & Media Encoder features : MultiRenders Markers, Export all Audio tracks separately, Quick sub resolutions buttons, Custom Frame rate, etc.

H264 / H265 : the best and fastest compression

Choose the efficiency you need: fast encoding for your previews or low filesize for final delivery. Low bitrates videos are of better quality than before and you can render in 8K!

  • A fast, easy-to-use (one param to select), YouTube Upload profile that respects YouTube upload recommendation
  • Save time directly in After Effects render queue without having to use the command line and without using Adobe Media Encoder
  • Advanced features : FileSize targetting, 10 bpc, Full Range, YUV 4:2:2 / 4:4:4, Tuning profiles etc.

Optimize your workflow !

AfterCodecs is regularly updated with new codecs, features or speed improvements, see the Changelog. Their latest feature are MultiRender Markers to batch export in Premiere Pro and displaying a progress bar in your taskbar icon in After Effects when rendering !

How to install

Unzip and use the included installers! You can also use the aescripts + aeplugins manager application and follow the instructions given in the .pdf included in the archive. ffmpeg installation can be done automatically in AfterCodecs or manually by downloading the zip below.

User Guide

Requirements:

  • One license is for the same user on up to two computers not used at the same time
  • Mac OSX : 10.12 (Sierra) / 10.13 (High Sierra) / 10.14 (Mojave) / 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Microsoft Windows : version 7 / 8.1 / 10
  • Adobe CC 2014 to 2020 included
    • Adobe After Effects  2020, CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015
    • Adobe Premiere  2020, CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015
    • Adobe Media Encoder  2020, CC 2019, 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015

Codecs and containers:

[MOV] ProRes: 6 official profiles (422 LT / Proxy / Normal / HQ / 4444 / XQ) and 2 unofficial profiles (422 Ultra / 4444 Light). ProRes 4444 Light / 4444 / XQ supports the Alpha Channel.
[MOV] HAP GPU accelerated codecs: 4 codecs (Hap, Hap Alpha, Hap Q and Hap Q Alpha), you can choose disable Snappy compression and change the number of CPU chunks, and for Hap and Hap Alpha you can choose your compression algorithm (each have their own tradeoff between speed and quality)
[MOV] [MP4] x264: best H264 / AVC implementation, outperforming both Adobe Media Encoder and QuickTime H264. A special Youtube Upload profile is provided, very easy to use!
[MOV] [MP4] x265: files are ~25% lighter than x264 for the same quality, but slower encoding
[MOV] [MP4] x264 RGB: same as x264 but avoids YUV colorspace, best for storing separate channels in one video like UV maps, alpha, 3D passes etc. (for power users!)

Known Limitations:

AE on OSX: Rendering multiple output modules in parallel for the same queue item doesn’t work

Don’t use the ProRes for broadcast. Always test your hardware and software. It’s not an official version of ProRes; for example ProRes 4444’s Alpha channel doesn’t seem to be accepted by Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Mini.

For H264 and H265, dimensions of the video must be even (=> odd resolutions will fail), except if you choose YUV 4:4:4 for H264
Interlacing: lower field first in H264 recognized as top field first by Adobe

1.9.3 (Current version) – May 7, 2020

  • Installer ZIP doesn’t include Manual Installation folder anymore, a Manual ZIP can be found on the website if needed
  • Installer OSX Premiere Pro Panel installation has been merged with AfterCodecs, only one checkbox now

 

1.9.2 – Apr 26, 2020

  • MultiRender :
    – PrPro Panel : you can now add markers from Audio clips if they are not linked to a video clip
    – PrPro Panel : new button “Add Markers for First Video Track” and first button is renamed “Add Markers for All Video Tracks”
    – Exporting stopped randomly sometimes (all markers weren’t used), now fixed
    – Fixed an Adobe bug where some markers would be used to perform two similar exports
  • Plugins stability improvement

1.9.1 – Mar 25, 2020

  • Licensing improvements : you can now see all Autokroma licenses in the Settings tab

1.9.0 – Feb 28, 2020

  • After Effects OSX : you can now use multiple output module with AfterCodecs for the same render queue item, like on Windows
  • AfterCodecs Installer is now independent from BRAW Studio. You can still download and install BRAW Studio from https://autokroma.com/BRAW_Studio/Download/

1.8.1 – 13 February 2020

  • Premiere Pro Panel : new “Open AfterCodecs Desktop” button to access Settings & License more easily !
  • After Effects : Windows crash fix

1.8.0 – 08 February 2020

  • Premiere Pro : New AfterCodecs Panel to help you create, in a snap, MultiRender Markers from the selected clips on your timeline ! You can now export all your PPro sequences from one Export Window directly in Premiere Pro and Media Encoder in a few clicks. Compatibility starts from CC 2017 included
  • After Effects : Now AfterCodecs displays a progress bar inside After Effects icon in your taskbar on both Windows and Mac OSX. Progress will go back to zero each time an element from the render queue is finished. Behavior is the same as what PPro and AME are currently doing, but adapted for After Effects renders that uses AfterCodecs as the output format

1.7.8 –  Jan 29, 2020

  • Rare HAP empty video bug fix happened with non-multiple of 8 resolutions and high CPU cores
  • Crash fix

1.7.7  –  Nov 21, 2019

* Empty video exported bug fix
* Notarization for OSX 10.15 Catalina
* New Uninstaller (.exe on Windows / .pkg on Mac OSX) in the “Uninstall Plugins” folder, Uninstall checkboxes from the installers were removed

1.7.6  –  Nov 12, 2019

* Improved Uninstaller for OSX

1.7.5  –  Nov 4, 2019

* Support for Adobe CC 2020 (Premiere Pro, Media Encoder and After Effects)
* ffkroma updated to 4.2 like ffmpeg 4.2 (will automatically be updated)
* OSX : New “AfterCodecs Desktop” standalone popup next to the plugins (in MediaCore/Autokroma AfterCodecs/) also available like on Windows, so you can access Global Settings & License more easily ! Shortcut will be created in your Applications

1.7.4  –  Sep 27, 2019

  • Windows : new “AfterCodecs Desktop” standalone popup next to the plugins (in MediaCore/Autokroma AfterCodecs/) so you can access Global Settings & License more easily ! Shortcut will be created on your Desktop & Programs Menu
  • Premiere Pro / Media Encoder : “Quick Sub Resolutions” new buttons at the bottom of Video Settings so you can quickly set Width and Height to Full 1/1, Half 1/2, Quarter 1/4 or Eighth 1/8
  • Now AfterCodecs will warn you with a popup when there’s a new version available

AfterCodecs for macOS 1.7.3  –  Aug 6, 2019

  • Floating server: releasing license when After Effects exits bug fix

1.7.2 – Jul 29, 2019

  • New PPro / AME MultiRender feature for your workflow: lets you batch export parts of your timeline into individual renders, according to its markers prefixed by _. We need your feedback on this!
  • Bug fixes: Audio bitrate now only shown for AAC and WAVE audio codec not selectable with .MP4 format

1.7.1 – Jul 25, 2019

  • New Uninstall checkbox in the installers to easily uninstall AfterCodecs plugins
  • Custom AAC Bitrate available once you choose “AAC” as Audio Codec
  • VR180 Monoscopic, Stereoscopic Left-Right, and Top-Bottom metadata added

PPro / AME :

  • New 5.1 Film (L C R Ls Rs LFE) audio layout
  • Custom Frame Rate field (Experimental) ! and 16, 18 Frame Rate options available
  • OSX License input: pressing COMMAND key will now automatically paste the license because COMMAND+V is not working
  • Windows: IE won’t launch anymore when using the popup offline

1.7.0 – Jun 27, 2019

  • New “User Guide” tab on top, showing Autokroma.com information to help you using AfterCodecs!
  • OSX: fixed multiple screens bug
  •  OSX: fixed 5 seconds lag when exiting popup

1.6.4 – Jun 10, 2019

  • Licensing bug fixes and new “Paste Clipboard” button useful on OSX where COMMAND+V for Pasting the license doesn’t work
  • OSX: when using multiple screens Settings popup would disappear, now it is shown on the primary screen

1.6.3 – Jun 7, 2019

  • Small bug fix

1.6.2 – Jun 5, 2019

  • Various crashes fixes and using ffkroma version 4.1-103
  • Plugins are now in the “Autokroma AfterCodecs” subfolder in MediaCore along with ffkroma automatically copied : you don’t need to download it anymore in the Settings tab on OSX. Installers will also delete older versions of the plugins

1.6.1   –  Mar 25, 2019

* H264 Low-resolution color shift when re-imported into Adobe software fixed (in the Encoding Options popup a message will now tell you if the rendered file will be re-importable into Adobe software or not)
* PPro / AME :
– Individual audio tracks option Mac OSX bug fix
– You can now export audio in 4.0 ambisonic WYZX / WYXZ formats
– Filesize estimations for HAP codecs improved
* Misc bug fixes
* Using ffkroma 4.1-100 please update if you’re not using the Windows installer

AfterCodecs for Windows

1.6.4  (Current version)  –  Jun 10, 2019

* Licensing bug fixes and new “Paste Clipboard” button useful on OSX where COMMAND+V for Pasting the license doesn’t work
* OSX : when using multiple screens Settings popup would disappear, now it is shown on the primary screen

1.6.3  –  Jun 7, 2019

* Small bug fix

1.6.2  –  Jun 5, 2019

* Various crashes fixes and using ffkroma version 4.1-103
* Plugins are now in the “Autokroma AfterCodecs” subfolder in MediaCore along with ffkroma automatically copied : you don’t need to download it anymore in the Settings tab on OSX. Installers will also delete olders versions of the plugins

1.6.1  (Current version)  –  Mar 25, 2019

* H264 Low-resolution color shift when re-imported into Adobe software fixed (in the Encoding Options popup a message will now tell you if the rendered file will be re-importable into Adobe software or not)
* PPro / AME :
– Individual audio tracks option Mac OSX bug fix
– You can now export audio in 4.0 ambisonic WYZX / WYXZ formats
– Filesize estimations for HAP codecs improved
* Misc bug fixes
* Using ffkroma 4.1-100 please update if you’re not using the Windows installer

1.5.1  –  Nov 26, 2018

  • Using ffkroma 4.1-84 and not using ffmpeg anymore, you can delete the old ffmpeg executable it if you want
  • All color shifts with ProRes codecs are fixed now, please update!
  • H264 / H265 : 8 bpc / 10 bpc, TV Range / Full Range, YUV subsampling choice (4:2:0 / 4:2:2 / 4:4:4)
  • H264 YouTube profile in .MP4 will render AAC audio now, please use .MOV that will generate WAVE audio so that Youtube has the best quality to re-encode after upload wink
  • PPro /AME: new audio layout to render all individual mono tracks separately, re-importable in Premiere Pro! “All Channels” layout are now called : “All : One Multi-Channel Track”, “All: Individuals Mono Tracks” and “All : Individuals Stereo Tracks” for more clarity
  • AE: alpha channel interpretation (Straight or Premultiplied) and Matte color are now saved into files and work when reimporting into Adobe software
  • New “Open target directory at the end of each render” checkbox in Settings tab (it won’t open the folder multiple times if rendering multiple times in the same folder, it will only bring the Explorer / Finder window on the foreground)
  • Hap codecs glitch bug fix
  • Memory optimization for very long renders

1.5.0 –  Oct 20, 2018

  • Updated for CC 2019
  • Our ffmpeg fork executable is now called ffkroma, don’t forget to update if not using the Windows installer! AfterCodecs needs at least version 4.0.2-93
  • HAP codecs improvements :
    • New Hap Q Alpha profile! Automatically selected when rendering “Hap Q / Hap Q Alpha” and exporting an alpha channel (“RGB + Alpha” in AE, the checkbox in PPro / AME)
    • Best quality: new HAP algorithms are equivalent in quality to original Vidvox / Quicktime algorithms
    • Faster compression: those algorithms were optimized with fast processor instructions, including AVX512 for recent workstations, and multithreading (up to 3 times faster depending on your content and configuration)
    • For Hap and Hap Alpha you have the choice between 3 methods of compression, each with their own tradeoff between speed and quality
    • Multiple By 4 Resolutions in HAP limit removed, you can now render any resolution you want
  • Warning on OSX: Adobe changed their way of interpreting AfterCodecs ProRes 422, it has now a color shift on reimport in Adobe CC 2019 (only), please use ProRes 4444
  • Unable to Undo (CTRL+Z) when using automatic AE RQ Comments bug fix, now this feature has its own submenu in “Composition” top menu under “AfterCodecs Settings”

1.4.2  –  Sep 21, 2018

  • AE: new option in Settings will automatically replace all Comments section of render queue items that are AfterCodecs renders by their respective AfterCodecs params (will happen each time you click the “Composition” top menu)
  • ProRes 422 not limited to even width anymore
  • Float licensing enabled
  • Bugs fixes