I am new to DAZ. I ve seen lots of animation posted here.
Evidently I can ask a few question since you guys have been
there and done that.
I am making a 10 minutes animation using Anime Studio.
Somehow I ended up here looking at DAZ and thinking, um,..how
about including 10 seconds of 3D opening,
that would be nice.
So I went on, testing the water. Its has been nice so far.
I loaded up Genesis, dress her up, made her punched, kicked,
and moved around the provided prop. I like it.
Then I render to high res image, the quality is great.
Then I made a 10 second test avi to high res as well
with a default screen size (1080x607 ?). It took 10 hrs
on my old computer to finish.
Here comes the question: DAZ won’t take Xvid-MPEC-4 codec
compression, was it because of the 1080x607 dimension or because
of the 30fps setting?
I can render again with a shorter footage and different dimension
but if someone can tell me why, and that would be so great.
It’s viewed Ok’ed on VirtualDub thought, but re-setting frame rate
won’t do anything.
This is just my 2 cents of what I have experienced in animating Daz4 with animate 2.
3Ddelight only offers 4 codex for saving in AVI. (There is a 3rd party reality plugin with more options).
The best setting i found for me is 1920 x1200 dpi for HD animation. when rendering is done I save in “Cinapax codex by radius” or “Mircosoft AVI uncompressed codex” which will give you a bigger file size. both those codex’s can be read by most movie editing software.
I have also experienced that Daz4 has some issues with actually animating gen 4 character in genesis I think most of it is because of the auto-fit tool. so in using Daz 4 i would do as Richard suggested and render one key- frame a time in sequence to make sure you catch all the poke through and deformities that take place during the animation process if your using auto-fit.
A big PLUS rendering in PNG sequence will allow for easier post-work of each key-frame graphic if post work is needed.
Most Daz4 user I seen rendering animation on youtube do theirs in sequence frames, mostly still art in a slideshow. or animate their sequence frames in short 1 or 2 second animations at 24 key-frames per second which will help speed up your rendering, time But may give you a little more choppy finished animation.
This is my preference for when I render a large scene, say 10 seconds or more. I always save in AVI “Cinapax codex by radius”. I had found putting together 300 PNG graphics(for 10 seconds of film) in a movie editor like my Adobe premiere @30 key frames per second is a very lengthy process and you mise well save in AVI.
That has been my experience that has served me well for my animation using Daz studio.