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Plug-In Palace => Animation Lab => Movies => Topic started by: Julian Thomas on July 22, 2009, 12:32:46 PM

Title: Chess
Post by: Julian Thomas on July 22, 2009, 12:32:46 PM
Just a simple one using panorama scenario preset. Bit of a pig getting camera to centre but that's down to inexperience. 

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Title: Re: Chess
Post by: Dave C on July 22, 2009, 12:53:03 PM
That looks pretty good to me Julian.
Title: Re: Chess
Post by: Julian Thomas on July 22, 2009, 10:55:32 PM
Why thank you Dave, I think so too! ;)
Title: Re: Chess
Post by: Paul on July 24, 2009, 08:28:12 AM
Thats nice.  :)

How many frames and how long did it take to render?
Did you output at that resolution or resize it?

Regards,

Paul.
Title: Re: Chess
Post by: Julian Thomas on July 24, 2009, 01:16:20 PM
Paul, thanks for the compliment.
I was looking for slow motion & high detail so settled on the following settings:

Frame format: 800x450 BMP (same as 16:9 widescreen)
Movie format: 800x450 AVI,
Frames/sec: 25 (per PAL standard)
No of Frames: 360

I deliberately wanted an uncompressed AVI, and output file was 380MB. MediaPlayer struggles with the high bitrate but at least you're guaranteed no artifacts in your new source file.

I prefer other software for video compression, and for the animation posted used the following:
Format: MP4 (AVC/H264)
Bitrate: 512kb/sec
Frame size: I thought it was same 800x450, but reopening it, the defaults are 480x272  so...?

Obviously, compressing a file 380:1 you'd expect some degradation but I'm pleasantly surprised at the result - to my eyes I'd assume the final file is 1/4 the quality of the source.

Oh...and it took about 2½ hours to render, and 11secs to convert

Title: Re: Chess
Post by: marc_256 on September 25, 2009, 09:05:17 AM
Hai Julian,

Nice work,
I like to see you mp4 file, but with what program can I see it ?

Marc
Title: Re: Chess
Post by: wd on September 26, 2009, 12:33:57 AM

I like to see you mp4 file, but with what program can I see it ?


If your Windows Media Player won’t handle it there is a free down load able Video player available at http://www.videolan.org/  that should suffice nicely to aid in your video needs.
Title: Re: Chess
Post by: Julian Thomas on September 29, 2009, 08:10:54 PM
Hi Marc, did you try with Windows Media Player? MP4s should play just fine without needing other software. Alternatively, open it with Quicktime Player if you have it.