View Full Version : New Problem Rendering from LW8.5 >QT 7 Pro

09-14-2006, 12:32 AM

Using Lightwave for about a year and a half, learned in a community college class BUT I ONLY KNOW WHAT COULD BE LEARNED BY THRASHING AROUND WITH THE DARN PROGRAM 50 HOURS PER WEEK. I bought "Inside Lightwave 8" and have found some useful hints, but working in SPLENDID ISOLATION has stunted my development.

Specific problem: in my first "ground fog" sequence, I'm trying to render an uncompressed Quicktime movie, but keep on getting a BLANK, 1-frame QT document a frame of white. (Haven't had this one before...) Just before doing this sequence I upgraded from Quicktime 6.5 Pro to version 7 Professional. Turns out ditching the fog doesn't solve the problem...

I have had to save out each frame to a folder, then drag the frames one-at-a-time into a quicktime file to save the animation.

Question: (a) Could this be an incompatibility with the New Quicktime version 7? (b) Is there a way within LW to BATCH-export all the frames from Image Viewer to a designated directory?

Working with LW 8.5, running on an iMac G5 w OS 10.3.9

Thanks for any hints or directions.

I'm attaching a frame rendered without the ground fog.

Martin Adams
09-14-2006, 01:41 AM
If you've got QuickTime Pro seven, why not render out as an image sequence, then in QT, go 'File' -> 'Open Image Sequence...', then you can export that to whatever format you like. That's how I do it.

But when I render my animations, I render a QT animation and as an image sequence (in case my machine crashes). I'm using WinXP Pro and LW9 with QT7 Pro, and having no trouble. Maybe its the QT codec you are trying to export to?

09-14-2006, 07:49 AM
When you upgrade quicktime from 6.x to 7.x you lose the professional features - ie. the QT6 Pro key you bought won't work with version 7. Yes, Apple really suck in this regard. So you can either buy another key (apple again suck here - there's no discount for existing upgrading customers) or find a key from other sources.

If you've got a Mac, Bruce Rayne's written a little app to convert image sequences to quicktimes. It's called "Zoetrope": http://www.brucerayne.com/software.html

09-14-2006, 09:13 AM
You don't need any other app, you can use LightWave itself. Tutorial (http://www.lightwiki.com/wiki/mediawiki-1.4.4/index.php?title=Using_LightWave_to_compile_animati ons)