How can you render a .wmv video file in After Effects without DRM protection, there doesn't seem to be an option when rendering.


This composition im rendering is basically a small animation i made from scratch, so i know im not rendering it with any pre-rendered files

  • Is it your own composition, or does it come from a DRM protected file?
    – Dr Mayhem
    Mar 13, 2013 at 8:46
  • What format are you using that has DRM protection on it? This is not a typical behavior of After Effects. Do you typically produce DRM protected media from the system?
    – AJ Henderson
    Mar 13, 2013 at 13:18

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I've never seen this kind of behavior in After Effects. I'm going to assume that you are using a system that is typically used for producing DRM protected media and that the default options for your Windows Media format are setup to use a DRM system. This would be part of the configuration of the encoder itself and should be available from the encoding and format options (not the exact name, I don't have AE on my current computer to check, but it's the setting right below quality level in the render queue.)

Without knowing the exact encoder being used, I can't really give any more direct feedback than that. If you can post the exact encoder being used and the version of AE, I can give some more specific instructions later when I am at my home desktop.


If you are using a Mac, you need to buy Flip for Mac Studio in order to be able to export wmv files. It costs $50. The more expensive version lets you export using two-pass encoding.


I don't you have an issue with DRM in After Effects when using this.

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