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Cunhambebe
04-11-2007, 07:40 PM
I've always rendered my projects as Taarga 32. On the other hand some people say it's an old kind of file that most people "used" for rendering a few years ago. So, what's the best and the newest kind of file? PNG? TIFF?
Thanks in advance :)

StereoMike
04-12-2007, 12:20 AM
Png

jeremyhardin
04-12-2007, 03:22 AM
openEXR. If you do ANYTHING to edit your image outside of LW, you want a higher bit depth than TGA and PNG and even TIFF can give. openEXR is perfect for this.

http://www.db-w.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=81

Free for normal usage within LW, $49 USD for extended layered buffer saving functionality (which is well worth it, IMHO).

Lightwolf
04-12-2007, 03:37 AM
Hehe... well, I tend to use TGA 32for daily 8bit use - since it is soooo simple and every app can read it (plus, SpeedEdit and PPro allow you to use TGA sequences natively without re-coding them to a video).

Other than that: OpenEXR all the way (no surprise really, is it? ;) ).

Basically: OpenEXR while I'm in the 3D/compositing pipeline, then (most of the time) TGA to get to the video editing part of things.

Cheers,
Mike

Silkrooster
04-12-2007, 05:38 PM
openEXR. If you do ANYTHING to edit your image outside of LW, you want a higher bit depth than TGA and PNG and even TIFF can give. openEXR is perfect for this.

http://www.db-w.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=81

Free for normal usage within LW, $49 USD for extended layered buffer saving functionality (which is well worth it, IMHO).
I could have sworn I read somewheres that tiff was able to have the bit depth as hdr.
Silk

Andyjaggy
04-12-2007, 05:41 PM
I could have sworn I read somewheres that tiff was able to have the bit depth as hdr.
Silk

Not as far as I know. I think 16 bit is as good as it gets with tiff's

Silkrooster
04-12-2007, 06:51 PM
Found an interesting article on logluv tiff. http://www.anyhere.com/gward/pixformat/tiffluv.html
Silk

KSTAR
04-12-2007, 07:01 PM
I haven't added openEXR to my pipeline but will be very soon:thumbsup:

So for now Targa32 is great when Im working in apps like SpeedEdit for the reasons Lightwolf mentioned.

Other than those apps I always use .png because the file sizes are SO much smaller than targas. Its much easier to fit say a small video sequence or web animation project on a thumb drive using 32bit png's then any other format that I can think of especially 32 bit targas

Lightwolf
04-13-2007, 01:05 AM
I could have sworn I read somewheres that tiff was able to have the bit depth as hdr.
Silk
It can. However, it doesn't seem to have such a widespread use as a format used in the CG world (except for displacement maps). This might be because OpenEXR is a lot easier to implement properly - and extremely flexible to boot.

Cheers,
Mike