FFRender Effect

FFRender Effect allows the user to render at the layer level using an external FFMpeg installation. All known AE renderers render at the level of a composition.

You can download the Win or Mac trial version. The watermark will be removed once you enter the activation code. The trial is full-featured except for the watermark.

This effect works with 8-bpc or 16-bpc. The optimal usage will require 32-bpc and full resolution. In 32-bpc color, After Effects does not clip the video and allows the user to view any out-of-range data. Unfortunately the highest resolution video format is 16-bit. So we are limited to 16-bit data.

FFRender Controls :-

Apply plugin on adjustment layer

TIP :- The plugin should be used on an adjustment layer and the in and out point of the layer should be used to notify the start and end of the video. The video can only be rendered if the play marker is on the active part of the layer.


Codecs – VP9, H.264, H.265, DNxHD, Cineform, Prores. Common codecs are provided here. Alternatively you can use Codec Options dialog to enter options for other codecs.


Presets – For every codec, there are corresponding presets available. For 8-bit options, lossless 8-bit RGB video is sent from AE. For anything else, 16-bit lossless RGB video is send out. Some presets also encode alpha channel. The plugin detects those presets and send out 8-bit or 16-bit RGBA video as needed.

Render Separate Audio – Selecting this will generate an extra .wav file with the same root name as the output video.

Codec Options
Codec Options Dialog

Codec Options – Click on Display to open a dialog box with currently selected preset. You may change this to use other codecs. TIP :- The plugin selects the AE format based on 8-bit RGB/RGBA or 16-bit RGB/RGBA presets respectively. So you need to make sure your starting preset matches the pixel formats being used.

Delay – The FFMpeg executable is run as a separate process, and the delay value swaps out the CPU for that number of milliseconds so it can run. Do not change this unless you know what you are doing.

FFMpeg Binary
FFMpeg Binary Dialog

FFMPEG Binary – Opens a file selection dialog to select the ffmpeg binary being used. By default the plugin just uses “FFMpeg.exe” and depends on your system to find the binary in the PATH. Using this popup you can use multiple binaries for multiple renders.

Render Dialog

Render – This dialog allows you to select the directory and filename for the output file. The output extension notifies the plugin which container you wish to use.


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