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Posted: 15 November 2012 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, which animation compressor do you recommend? Lots of choices, not sure which one to choose. Raw avi’s are very big!

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Posted: 15 November 2012 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Better to be big an uncompressed to start. Always choose AVI for Windows or Animation for Mac.

I use MPEG Streamclip from Squared5.

http://www.squared5.com

Mac version’s very robust, lots of settings, very good output, ability to tailor presets.

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Posted: 15 November 2012 04:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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VP6 can work pretty well. On2, the original developer is gone, but you can get it here:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/VP6.htm

EDIT: That VP6 link appears to be a decompressor only. I just installed it and it does not show up as an output option

VP6 is also built into WildForm’s Flix utilities for converting various video formats to Flash:
http://www.wildform.com/products/flix/

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Posted: 15 November 2012 07:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m using:
- rendering to frames combined using VirtualDub (better render several frames than rerender the whole animation when something goes wrong or you just want to stop the rendering in the middle)
- lossless codec like Lagarith http://www.alienwarearena.com/articles/view/useful-lossless-codecs/#lagarith or HuffYUV http://www.alienwarearena.com/articles/view/useful-lossless-codecs/#ffv11 if you want to edit the animation later
- x264 if you want to put the file on YT or Vimeo http://sourceforge.net/projects/x264gui/
- Xvid http://www.xvid.org/Downloads.15.0.html if you want to open your animation everywhere (standalone, mobile, older systems etc.)

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