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Ian NorthropRender an image sequence but skipping frames that are blank
by on Sep 9, 2011 at 5:15:11 pm

short form:

Is there a way to render out an image sequence where After Effects is smart enough to know not to render frames that don't have a video layer present?

further explained:

I have multiple clips along my timeline (I am doing a conform) and would like to render one, very long dpx sequence of the entire timeline, but I have a dilemma - I have many gaps in my timeline between clips (on purpose) and I'd like to avoid needing to render each clip individually. Is there a way to render out an image sequence where After Effects is smart enough to know not to render frames that don't have a video layer present?

Thank you


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Dave LaRondeRe: Render an image sequence but skipping frames that are blank
by on Sep 9, 2011 at 5:46:49 pm

You should look at automatic scene detection software. I've never worked with such software, so I can't make any kind of a recommendation.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter SoykaRe: Render an image sequence but skipping frames that are blank
by on Sep 9, 2011 at 6:35:17 pm

Check out Chris Green's Queue_Comp_Sections script [link].

It allows you to manually specify render ranges with specially-named guide layers -- so it's sort of like having multiple working areas in the same comp.

Personally, I find many of his scripts to be indispensable. If you find them useful, too, please consider supporting his scripting efforts by sending him a payment through his donate button.

Walter Soyka
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