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Chapter 16. Output > Setting Overflow Volumes

Setting Overflow Volumes

As you are already well aware, movie files can consume enormous amounts of storage space. It's not unusual for a file or sequence to exceed either the file size limit imposed by the computer's operating system, or the size of the storage volume. Fortunately, you can control overflow and avert errors and failed renders. When the rendered file or sequence reaches the limits you specify, it continues to render into a folder on the root level of an overflow volume.

To specify overflow volumes:

1.
Choose File > Preferences > Output (Figure 16.66).

Figure 16.66. Choose File > Preferences > Output.


The Output panel of the Preferences dialog box opens (Figure 16.67).

Figure 16.67. The Output panel of the Preferences dialog box opens.


2.
To specify overflow volumes, choose a storage volume from the Volume pull-down menus in the Make Movie Contingencies section of the Preferences dialog box (Figure 16.68).

Figure 16.68. To specify overflow volumes, choose a storage volume from the Volume pull-down menus.


A rendered file or sequence overflows into the first volume, then the second, and so on.

3.
To set the maximum number of files that can be rendered to a single folder, check Segment Sequences At and enter a maximum number (Figure 16.69).

Figure 16.69. Specify the maximum number of files in Segment Sequences At; the maximum size of a file in Segment Movie Files At; and the Minimum Diskspace Before Overflowing.


4.
To set the maximum size of a single rendered file, check Segment Movie Files At and enter a maximum file size in MB.

Your operating system may have its own file size limit.

5.
For Minimum diskspace before overflowing, enter the minimum amount of storage space that must remain on the drive before rendering resumes on the next overflow volume.

6.
Click OK to close the dialog box.


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