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Ian McBean
04-13-2007, 03:32 PM
I'm new to animation and struggling with how to get my uncompressed rgb output files converted into something I can write to DVD that can be viewed as a 'movie'. The goal is to be able to view the animation in real time in its final state, not as a compressed .avi. Ideally I would like to be able to play the animation back on a standard dvd player/recorder.

Which software should I use? The less expensive, the better, as I'm on a tight budget, but if it needs to be e.g. After Effects, then I would rather know for sure I can do it before committing to a) buying and b) learning the software.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,


04-13-2007, 04:44 PM
Simplest option is to use Lightwave to save the rendered image sequence out as an uncompressed avi file (use the compositing tools in Lightwave to do the conversion).

Once you have an avi file you then need to prepare it for DVD use. One of the best and cheapest options is Ulead's DVD Movie Factory. With this software you can import your avi file, add sound if you like, add menus if you like, and then burn it to a DVD. I think it's about $49 :)

Good luck :)

04-13-2007, 04:47 PM
Most dvd burners come with software to convert avi's, etc. to dvd format then burn it. Some of the companies are nero (http://www.nero.com/), sonic (http://www.sonic.com/), intervideo (http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Home.jsp), cyberlink (http://www.cyberlink.com/), and roxio (http://www.roxio.com/).

After Effect is a compositing program that can do special effects fairly easily. Nice program for doing 2d animations. It can render out to several formats including dvd's mpeg 2.
Adobe does have a dedicated dvd burning program called Encore (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/encore/). Which is now included with premier pro CS3 (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/?xNav=PPPR).

Ian McBean
04-14-2007, 04:44 PM
I've just tried the route of using Ulead's moviemaker, and have successfully written an uncompressed .avi to DVD - the problem is that the playback of the uncompressed file skips frames, apparently unable to cope with the data load. I don't really understand this because my computer can play standard DVD's without any problems at all. I feel I'm missing something somewhere... Are DVD's themselves compressed?

04-14-2007, 04:59 PM
DVD's are compressed with mpeg 2. Encoding the dvd can require more cpu power than playing it back, so its possible that the dvd was burned with skipped frames.