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09-02-2010, 01:18 PM
This one goes out to all you pros

I am ready to start rendering my little molecule video. Ultimately I want to be able to burn this on DVD to be viewed in classrooms. So what is the industry standard resolution and format for a HD DVD?

HD DVD to be played on a DVD player

Also how and is it best to render frame by frame for best quality?


09-02-2010, 02:24 PM
You can look over the different supported specs for BlueRay discs. (or did you really mean HD DVD?, which is dead...)

These will all affect your render times also.

HD DVD specs

Yes, most people will render individual numbered frames for an animation. Saving as a lossless compressed file such as PNG or TGA or a EXR or HDR - all depending on your needs. If you save individual frames you can stop and pick up as needed and if you need to fix a range it's easy to figure out what you need to fix and update those frames.

09-02-2010, 04:18 PM
Also if you scene is complicated I would suggest rendering out passes. By isolating elements you can reduce render times significantly. This will also allow you to do any color manipulation or tweaking in a compositing package.

Of course you'll need access to a compositing program like Fusion or AfterEffects. There might be some free or open source ones that allow for basic manipulation.

09-03-2010, 05:13 AM
i'd use ulead dvd factory, burns bluray too,

09-05-2010, 04:13 PM
Besides picking ranges, rendering to frames makes sure that you don't waste a lot of time if your computer crashes for any reason.

It is basically INSANE to not render to frames.

09-10-2010, 01:39 PM
The average DVD player won't play HD content.

You need a bluRay player, an HD DVD player (no longer available) or one of the DVD players that will play HD DiVX encoded files (http://www.divx.com/en/electronics/categories/dvd-players).

I mention this because I have a friend who started dabbling in video production and he wanted my help in figuring out why his HD video was getting downrezed when authored to DVD. DVD players hit the market in 1997, probably before the HDTV standards were set.