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David Dustin
Compression for Rendered animations
on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:57:30 pm

Greetings,
We create animations using 3ds Max and are trying to improve our production pipeline.

Our equipment:
Dell 690, Dual Quadcore Xeon, XP64, 32 GB of RAM.

Software:
3ds Max (9,2008,2009,2010), Adobe CS3 Master Suite
QT Pro 7.6.4, Super C., VLC 1.0.0 Goldeneye, Flash Video Studio 3.0

Our current process:
Frames are rendered on or "farm" and stored to a Linux server machine
The frames are imported to After Effects, comped or color corrected, spliced with other rendered frames.

We typically export from AE as an uncompressed MOV, then transfer the file to our network where we transfer to a 32 bit machine (Dell XPS-2010 with 4 gb RAM, 2.33 GHz running XP Pro SP3).

Or problem is in most of our rendered/compressed animations there are places where the file fails to play smoothly. Even when we convert the same files to Flash (we have tried SWF and FLV) we experience the same thing.

My suspicion is there is something in AE and exporting as an un compressed MOV that is introducing the stuttering.

We have considered purchasing Sorenson Squeeze Pro (we arent afrid to spend money to get the right software) to try to remedy this issue.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
David




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Daniel Low
Re: Compression for Rendered animations
on Oct 22, 2009 at 3:03:19 pm

[David Dustin] "We typically export from AE as an uncompressed MOV"


[David Dustin] "the file fails to play smoothly"

[David Dustin] "My suspicion is there is something in AE and exporting as an un compressed MOV that is introducing the stuttering. "

Playing back an Uncompressed clip is very difficult even on the most powerful hardware. There's probably nothing wrong with what AE is producing.

What are your animation render settings in 3DSMax, eg frames per second, Frame size, export file format etc etc

What do you want to do with your rendered animation? Put them on DVD, the web, BluRay.... etc?





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