Rendering a Movie

Rendering has got to be the most annoying part of the video-creating process. I have a few tips I’d like to share with you, however.

First of all, whatever codec you use, make sure the input ratio in the codec settings is set to match the clips you’re editing. If you don’t, the ratio will bork up and you might end up with a non-WS copy of WS clips (WS being widescreen). Also, if you’re intending to make a WS movie, make sure the output settings match the input settings as closely as possible.
Second of all, unless you know what you’re doing (or you’re converting from/to WS on purpose) don’t touch the pixel aspect ratio. Keep it at 1.0 whenever possible. I tried messing with it and I regretted it.

A few mentionable codecs (low filesize and good quality):

  • DivX
  • XviD

Good editing programs (both easy to use and advanced):

  • Sony Vegas
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects (this is mainly used for intros)

Mentionable recording software (for recording from a computer):

  • WeGame
  • XFire
  • Fraps

I hope you put these tips to good use, if I had known this before I started editing that BF2 movie of mine I would have saved time : ) .

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