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From: Dearmad
Subject: Re: [POLL] What is the best-selling animation utility ?
Date: 23 Apr 1999 02:53:57
Message: <37200DC6.D6CB6758@noplace.nowhere>
Paolo Bormida wrote:
> 
> I would like to know from the ray-tracing community in general what software
> do you use to encode single frames in full blown videos
> 
> I would like to know:
> 
> - Utility name & version (ie Dave's Targa Animator 1.1)
> - Target OS & CPU (ie Linux on Intel, Windows NT on DECAlpha etc)
> - Format of the resulting animation (ie MPEG, FLC/FLI, AVI, QuickTime etc)
> - Price (ie freeware, cardware, shareware with 200 USD registration fee,
> commercial for 5000 USD etc)
> - Where to find it

Final video:
just now switching to BINK.
Win/DOS. v0.8c codec release candidate 1 (Mac OS is coming but I won't
be using that)
CPU: PII350 and P166.
resulting format: BINK format, BABY! :o) 
price: freeware (sorta), free to end-users, SDK avail. at a cost,
licensing fee for commercial use.
where: radgametools of course!

used to Smacker.


but use DTA (both the 2.7v from DOS & the latest version beta'ing out
there that uses 32bits) to run quick compiled "dailies" and tests at
low-res; the encoding of Smacker is just too slow (fast decode though!)
and BINK is even worse a hog going in, but coming out (decode) is just
tons-o-fun!  Also DTA is partially used in *final animations* when
resizing frames and no AA is used (I render large and shrink- it works
better than render to 320.2xx (even *with* fine-scale adaptive
anti-aliasing) as the DTA resize alg. is just awesome and I have yet to
find a util to beat it in both ease of use and final picture clarity
(TGA to resized TGA).  All color reductions done either through Smacker
or BINK (well, color compression then...)

uh... what was the question?



-- 
Stuff for POLYRAY, raytraced images,
and DTA can be found at:
http://www.sapere.com/dearmad


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From: Roland Mas
Subject: Re: [POLL] What is the best-selling animation utility ?
Date: 27 Apr 1999 09:45:52
Message: <m3eml6nset.fsf@clodomir.rezel.enst.fr>
"Paolo Bormida" <bor### [at] tinit> writes:

> - Utility name & version (ie Dave's Targa Animator 1.1)

Berkeley MPEG tools version 1, release 2.

> - Target OS & CPU (ie Linux on Intel, Windows NT on DECAlpha etc)

  Portable C.  I use it on a Linux PC.  The MPEG player only works for
X Window, though.

> - Format of the resulting animation (ie MPEG, FLC/FLI, AVI,
> QuickTime etc)

  MPEG 1 (video only alas, as far as I know).

> - Price (ie freeware, cardware, shareware with 200 USD registration fee,
> commercial for 5000 USD etc)

  From the COPYRIGHT file:

 * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
 * documentation for any purpose, without fee, and without written agreement is
 * hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and the following
 * two paragraphs appear in all copies of this software.

> - Where to find it

  From the Announce file:

ftp://mm-ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/pub/multimedia/mpeg/bmt1r1.tar.gz

I guess you should replace bmt1r1.tar.gz by bmt1r2.tar.gz.

Note: no graphical user interface.  You write a text file containing
the parameters, then run the program, then you have the MPEG file.
Shouldn't be hard to code a little GUI, though.  I'd be interested in
one, if someone feels good.  Or I might even write one (Perl/Tk,
Python/Tk or Tcl/Tk).  Not right away, though.
-- 
Roland Mas

Oshitemo damedara, hiite mina.
  -- Proverbe japonais


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From: GrimDude
Subject: Re: [POLL] What is the best-selling animation utility ?
Date: 18 May 1999 13:32:50
Message: <37419632.0@news.povray.org>
I use a freeware program bmp2avi and Video for Windows to compress
everything. Sometimes I use TruSpace, but not often. Whichever bit order DTA
uses, TruSpace uses the opposite, so applying flc/fli/flt's as animated
textures backfires on me.

Video for Windows works, and it's free. :)

GrimDude
vos### [at] arkansasnet


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