question about lossless (video) codec...

jtuffen wrote on 10/25/2004, 5:58 AM
I'm creating an animation in another app (Blender) and I want to keep the highest image quality possible. I rendered to an uncompressed AVI file, but it comes out at over 3GB, and neither media player nor Vegas Studio can read it :( I understand that this is a limitation with the AVI file format.

Question: what *lossless* video codecs are there that I might try (Blender can use any installed codec)? I want to keep the highest image quality right up to the DVD-render stage. I need to use VS to add a soundtrack and subsequently burn to DVD...

Another option I have in Blender is to render the animation as a sequence of image frames, before I do this, is that going to work with VS?? The animation is (only) 2600 frames, but I don't want to have to mess about with re-timing the video if I add all of these images!




Steve Grisetti wrote on 10/25/2004, 8:37 AM
I'd use NTSC-DV as my AVI codec.

While technically not lossless (no compression is) it is virtually lossless, meaning that you can take it through several generations without a loss of quality.

And it only takes up about 1/5 the space of an uncompressed AVI.