Animation Export Types (Studio)

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As described in the Render Animation dialog's help page, animations can be rendered to memory or directly to hard disk.  The following diagram show how rendering to memory adds an additional step before the animation can be saved.

 

 

Two Paths to Export Animation

 

 

Each rendering technique has its own advantages, as summarized below.

 

 

Pros and Cons of Each Export Path

 

 

As indicated above, different export types are available depending on whether you render to memory or directly to hard disk.  The following table clarifies which export types are available with each render option.

 

 

Export Type

Available for Render to Memory?

Available for Render to Hard Disk?

Description

AVI

Yes

Yes

A common video format used by many software applications.

GIF

Yes

Yes

A format that can be used to add animation to websites.

Image Sequence

Yes

Yes

The animation is saved as a series of standard images.

Packed Square

Yes

No

The frames of the animation are packed into a single square image.

Single Frame

Yes

No*

Only a single frame of the animation is exported.

 

* Although there is no dedicated export type for saving a single frame of an animation when rendering straight to disk, this can still be achieved by using the First Frame and Last Frame options of the Render Animation dialog in concert with the Image Sequence export type.

 

 

 


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