After Effects Users Get Back ProRes, H264 on Windows

AfterCodecs is a new native exporter for After Effects that allows you to render out ProRes directly from the After Effects render queue. If you are missing ProRes support on Windows systems, this is going to be a stunning new development for you.

AfterCodecs is a high quality and lightweight (emphasis on lightweight) codec for rendering ProRes and H264 in Ae. The plugin supports ProRes LT / Proxy / Normal / HQ and even 444 with alpha support. The plugin also does the best H264 implementation possible, even outperforming Adobe Media Encoder, and Ae’s built in H264. Crazy, right?

Codecs Supported:

  • ProRes : LT / Proxy / Normal / HQ and even 444 that supports Alpha Channel.
  • x264 : best H264/AVC implementation, outperforming both Adobe Media Encoder, QuickTime H264 and AE’s built-in H264.
  • x265 : files are 30% lighter than x264 and it also supports 8K resolution.
  • x264 RGB : same as x264 but avoids YUV colorspace, best for storing separate channels in one video (UV map, Alphas…) for power users only.

The plugin appears to be so good in fact, that there is a MacOS version on the way — designating that it can outperform Ae’s native exports even when present on the host platform. AfterCodecs, although a crucial offering, really doesn’t lay out a good case for Adobe’s subscription model if you are on Adobe CC.

You can pick up AfterCodecs for $55.00 – that is 20% Off Until May 23, 2017.