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Old 03 March 2013   #1
AVI Codec

How we can get-set AVI codec option at render time?
For example changing codec from cinepak to MJPEG.
Old 03 March 2013   #2
Why would you render straight into a a(compressed) video clip?

Originally Posted by MaxScript Reference: There is currently no access to the properties associated with some ofthe bitmap output plug-ins. This means that you cannot set the codec used for .avi files. The properties used are the properties that were last used when saving that file type in 3ds Max.
Old 03 March 2013   #3
Originally Posted by scrimski: Why would you render straight into a a(compressed) video clip?

Just for preview, so no way?
Old 03 March 2013   #4
Quote: This means that you cannot set the codec used for .avi files.
Not clear enough?
Old 03 March 2013   #5
OK, Thank you.
Old 03 March 2013   #6
I've tried already in a variety of ways, there is no stable way to do it. If you do find one, please let us know.
Old 03 March 2013   #7
There are a couple of ways that I've implemented this process on our pipeline.

1. Post render script that sends a commandline script to FFMpeg, compiling the frame sequence into a movie

2. If you are using deadline, then write a python module to submit a draft job on completion (there are examples of how to do this on the thinkbox site) The 3d pipeline and Nuke pipeline can all utilize this.

We don't use avi anyway, as animators like stepping through animations frame by frame and therefore want to bypass WMP. I also use option 1 to transcode the max default previews into quicktime as it allows us to embed shot information and extra metadata into it, and give the user the option to open it in either quicktime or pdplayer.

Read my technical blog - lonerobot.net
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