I've created an animation in After Effects, and dynamic linked the composition into Premiere for audio editing. Then I exported from PR using Media Encoder. The exported file looks good, but when uploaded to YouTube, it looks considerably more pixelated. I know this is a common issue for YouTube, but the problem is even more noticeable when working with animations.
I've experimented with:
Cineform, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 Quicktime with the Animation codec Render Queue PNG Sequence to ProRes 422 in ME H.265 4K UHD
H.265 looks slightly better in 2160P on YouTube, but 1440p and lower looks bad. Plus most users' players won't default to 2160P and I don't want them to have to manually select it.
My compositon is 1920 x 1080, 23.976 FPS, square pixels.
Are there settings I'm missing? Could my dynamic link workflow be affecting the export? I'm pretty stumped and I want to keep making animations for YouTube, so any advice is greatly appreciated!