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Chapter 19. Rendering Basics > Animation Rendering

Animation Rendering

When rendering animation files, we have to lock down a few decisions before proceeding. First, will the animation be inputted into a compositing or editing program? If the answer is yes, a numbered sequence of files is wanted. Typically, they are Targa files, but for high-end compositing, .rla and .rpc file types add additional flexibility. Size is important as well. The output sizes in the Render Scene dialog can be helpful in determining the appropriate dimensions.

The primary reasoning behind the numbered file sequence is twofold: First, you want to be able to easily break apart the sequence for editing. You know that you're exactly at whatever frame you desire. Second, you don't want to introduce any compression artifacts that you don't have to. Compressing and decompressing video will start to degrade the picture, so you want to do it the minimum number of times possible. There are additional practical reasons: numbered stills allow for network rendering and also enable a rendering to be started and stopped easily.


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