I am quite new to the video editing world. I am trying to follow some of tutorial online on how to render a sequence of timelapse photos with Adobe After Effects and export using Media Encoder Queue. Once I add my sequence to the queue and I click on my .H264 link, I am presented with the following screen:

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Respectively my video is exported with the same content as the one visible on the screenshot.

Weirdly enough, when I export the video using the Render Queue from After Effects, the file looks perfectly fine. After this, I try to re-export the video using again the Media Encoder Queue, and the preview is rendered correctly as well as the final file.

Now when I close, re-open After Effect, make minor change (like aspect ration for example) and attempt to export the video using the Media Encoder Queue. I am given the following screen(where no preview is available):

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A few seconds after I try to export the video, I am getting the following error:

 - Encoding Time: 00:00:17
05/12/2020 07:52:17 PM : Encoding Failed
Export Error
Error compiling movie.

Render Error

Render returned error.

Writing with exporter: H.264
Writing to file: \\?\C:\Users\<user>\Desktop\Timelapse_taranaki\Taranaki_AME\Timelapse_taranaki 2_rendering.mp4
Writing file type: H264
Around timecode: 00:00:00:09
Rendering at offset: 0.000 seconds
Component: H.264 of type Exporter
Selector: 9
Error code: -1609629695

When I Purge All Memory & Disk Cache and clean the Common folder inside AppData, I am back to the position of screenshot 1.

I am using After Effects 2018 Version 15.01(build 73) and Media Encoder 2018 Version 12.01(Build 64) on Windows 10.

My configuration is:
Intel(R) i7-4810MQ 2.80GHz
GPU NVIDIA Quadro K2100M 2GB

Anyone has any ideas on what might be the issue here?

1 Answer 1


I actually was able to find the answer to my question in point 2. here

Simple add the sequence to the After Effects Render Queue:

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And from there open it in AME, where the preview will work perfectly fine.

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