Merry Christmas Friends!
This is variation #37 from the Bordered Characters project. This particular
variation is especially suitable for animating but I didn't get around to it
until now. It turned out well enough that I'll include it as a demonstration
file eventually. The glitch in the lower case "y" should be easily fixable but
I'll test all the characters before including the new demo file.
Note that increasing the quality setting for the characters (the number of
vertical sub-divisions) will improve the smoothness of the character faces, but
the moire patterns on the sides will never go away. This problem can be
minimized by choosing a texture that camouflages the moire patterns somewhat.
By the way, I just recently started using ffmpeg. I must confess I haven't taken
the time to become an expert user and probably never will. I did notice in the
documentation, however, a recommendation to try some settings for improved
quality. The recommended settings are:
-mbd rd -flags +mv4+aic -trellis 2 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -g 300 -pass 1/2
This is the command line I'm using:
ffmpeg -y -r 30 -start_number 000 -i ImageFileName_%03d.png -s hd720 -crf 17
-c:v libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p -r 30 VideoFileName.mp4
I don't know what half those settings mean. I'm just copying Dick Balaska's line
(thanks Dick!). If any ffmpeg experts care to comment on these recommended
settings and how to apply them that might be useful for other's as well, as this
seems to be a common question.
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