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Chapter 17. Output

Chapter 17. Output

Finally.

The beginning of this book likened your project and compositions to a musical score. Now that you've written and rehearsed that score, it's time to put on the show!

In your case, that show is a movie file or image sequence of a rendered composition. You can create movies for computer presentation (via CD-ROM or the Web). Or—with the aid of additional equipment or a service bureau—you can transfer your animation to broadcast-video format, even to film. On the other hand, your movie might simply serve as a prerendered element of a larger composition. Whatever the case, the rendering-process variables are the same.

Your particular output goals (and, unfortunately, your equipment's limitations) will help determine a wide range of output settings; this chapter will guide you through those myriad options. You'll also get a chance to apply what you've learned thus far about your output goals. (You have been reading those sidebars, haven't you?) Although this chapter can't cover every output specification, it can provide you with enough information so that you know which questions to ask to derive your own answers.


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