Blender 3D: Noob to Pro/Using the sequencer to compile frames into an animation
|Applicable Blender version: 2.49.|
Using the sequencer to compile frames into an animation
When you render an animation, often it's a good idea to render the individual frames and then compile them into the animation. This has several benefits over rendering directly to a movie file. Some of them are these:
- If you discover a mistake in the render, you can modify sections of the animation and rerender those frames without having to rerender the whole animation.
- If the render crashes because the power went out or, (psst), blender crashed, you can pick up the render at the last rendered frame without having to rerender the whole animation
- Open your animation in blender
Begin by opening blender to an animation that is ready to be rendered.
- Set the render output to targa format.
press F10 to go the scene buttons and set the output format to Targa. Though you can use any image format you want, I use Targa because it has no compression and is at 100% quality.
- Set the file output location.
Set the location on your file system where you want all the frames to be saved to.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that there is a slash at the end or else you are setting a filename not a filepath
- Set Endframe to match the animation
If you animated 500 frames, set the end frame to that same number. the default is 250.
- Render the animation!
Simply press the "Anim" button.
Use the Sequencer to compile the images into a movie file
- Open a new blender and delete everything except the camera.
- Change the 3d window into the sequencer window.
(See image for explanation)
- Add the images to the sequencer.
On the bottom of the sequencer window click Add>>Images then browse to the location where you saved the images, Press Cntrl-A (on linux enter "*.tga" or "*.jpg" in the field for filename) to select all the images and finally press “Select Image" on the top-right. Attached to your mouse curser will be a long horizontal bar which represents all the images. Move it all the way to the left till the little number underneath it shows "1" and then Left-mouseclick to place it.
- Set final movie format.
- Enable Sequence render and animate!
I hope you found this tutorial useful. If there are any errors in the tutorial, Please let me know, and I will fix them as soon as possible.