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Exporting an animation

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You can export animated parts into other programs that support animation.  The entire animated scene is exported using the one of the following file formats:

  • Audio/Video Interlaced (.avi)

  • Targa (.tga)

  • Encapsulated Postscript (.eps)

  • Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)

  • PNG (.png)

  • TIFF (.tif)

  • PC Paintbrush (.pcx)

  • Windows Bitmap (.bmp)

  • JPEG (.jpg)

To export a scene that contains animation:

  1. Open the file that contains the desired animated scene to export.

  2. From the File menu, select Export/Export Animation.

  3. The Export Animation dialog box appears. Select the desired destination folder for the exported animation file.

  4. Enter a name for the exported file in the File name field.

  5. Open the drop-down list in the Save as type field and select a format for the exported file.

    For example, you can export a file in AVI format.  This is the default selection, since it’s the most commonly used.

  6. Select Save.

    If you chose an invalid file format for exporting the scene, you are informed and the operation is cancelled. Otherwise, the Animation Frame Size dialog box appears.

  7. If necessary, specify the frame dimensions and rendering style for the exported file.

    These options are identical to the ones on the Exported Image Size dialog box.

  8. Select Options to view available export options for the scene.

    These options vary according to the selected file format.  In most cases, a dialog box is displayed that’s identical to that displayed when exporting a stationary image.  If you’re exporting to an AVI file, the following options are available:

    • Key Frame Frequency.  In this field, enter the desired frequency of key frames in the animation sequence.

    • Quality.  This option allows you to specify the image quality of the animated file.  The higher the quality, the more storage space required by the file.  The options are:  Draft, Low, Medium, High, and Highest.

    • Compressor type.  This option allows selection of the desired file compression type. The options are:  Indeo 2.1, Indeo   3.0, Cinepak, Video1, and RLE.

    • 24 bits (full color).  Export the image using 24 bits of color information per pixel.  The resulting "full color" image can have approximately 16 million colors.

    • 8 bits.  Export the image using 8 bits of color information per pixel.  The resulting image will have no more than 256 colors.

  9. Choose OK to display the Exporting Animation dialog box.

  10. Choose Begin to export the animation file.

    The dialog box displays the number of frames in the animation file and updates the progress of the export operation.  When the export operation is complete, the dialog box closes.  To cancel the export operation, press the Esc key.

At this point, you can open the exported file in its native application and play back the animation.

 

When you export animation, the results vary according to the target file type.  With most formats, such as TIFF, one file is produced for each frame of animation.  However, when you export to the GIF format, one large file is produced containing all the frames.  Some Web browsers automatically play back animated GIF files.