View Full Version : Turning LW image files into HIGH quality mpeg2 anim files for DVD.

01-19-2004, 02:54 PM
Ok, here I go...... I want to use LightWave on a high end
laptop to create 3-D animations direct to DVD. Video quality is

Whats the best app. for converting a series of pre-rendered
image files from LW into a high quality mpeg2 video file for DVD?

Also , I need the ability to edit, cut, join add sound ect....

Will Adobe Premiere Pro and Encore do what I need?

Final image QUALITY is MOST important the amount of time it
takes to convert stills into mpeg2 is not.

Will a 3 gig Pentium 4 Laptop with 1024 meg ram, 64 meg
grafix card, internal dvd-r/rw, 80gig hd, and a fast external
80gig hd be up to the task?

Jim R.

Tom Wood
01-19-2004, 03:11 PM
I'm not on a laptop, but I make uncompressed .TGA image sequences in LightWave, take them into Mirage for compositing and conversion, and export an uncompressed .RTV file for use in VT3. So it's all uncompressed up to this point. I'm not having any luck with TMPGEnc, which seems to be the recommended next step. Newtek support recommends an uncompressed UYVY .AVI, haven't tried it yet. But there is no compression taking place all along that production process, so I get good imagery at each step.


Edit: Keep in mind also the concerns voiced in this thread:


I'm using DVD Workshop, and I was a little disappointed in the final image quality on my first tries. DVCAM tape looks better. Still working on it...

01-19-2004, 08:40 PM
Go Apple. Their laptops (http://www.apple.com/powerbook/) are more multimedia savvy than the others.

Nothing beats DVD Studio Pro (http://www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro/) for creating DVDs.

Nothing beats Final Cut Pro (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/) for editing.

01-23-2004, 09:45 AM
I render my Lightwave images as Targa files.

I edit in Vegas, but I imagine most editors will do.

I then frameserve my clip to Procoder and encode using thier 2-pass encoder in 'Mastering' mode.

The quality is fantastic. Nothing in compressed (of course until the final step) and there are no intermediate files.