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Default render parameter are bad #464

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Blaggejoe opened this Issue Nov 25, 2017 · 7 comments

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Blaggejoe commented Nov 25, 2017

Synfig version & platform:
Synfig Studio 1.2.1 / Win10 1709 64bit / Inkscape 0.92.2

Issue description:
The render-options are not really good with W10 and ffmpeg.

I used the parameters libx264-lossless with 2000 video rate. The .mp4 movie was shown by vlc but not with the build in video player from W10. It can also not played with omxplayer on raspberry pi. I must firts convert it with Handbrake as it is described here:
https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-video-looper/omxplayer
But handbrake uses ffpmeg to convert the video in a useable format.
How can i convert it direct from synfig? Or are there some render-options missing?

Cheers Ralf

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morevnaproject commented Nov 27, 2017

The "libx264-lossless" codec is used by default because it is the best option to keep quality for further video editing (because it is... ahem.. lossless). ^__^

You can make the files playable on W10 by installing H264 coded. I recommend to try installing FFDshow - https://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/

Alternatively, if you do not care about quality loss, then you can use any other encoding settings. Choose "ffmpeg" target, then click "Parameters" button near the target dropdown. There you can select other codecs, like "Mpeg4", "huffyuv", "mjpeg".

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Blaggejoe commented Nov 27, 2017

Hi Konstantin

Indeed, with the MPEG-4 part 2... settings -> no Problem on W10!
Thanks a lot!
So what would be nice is a progress bar for the Rendering. :)
Cheers Ralf

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morevnaproject commented Nov 28, 2017

Indeed, with the MPEG-4 part 2... settings -> no Problem on W10!

We can make Mpeg4 as default rendering codec and set very high value for default bitrate (8000?). This way most users will get compatibility with their OS and we will avoid questions about video playback.

If they will want lossless quality, then they will need to switch codec manually.

Would this change be good? Need to hear opinions. ^__^

So what would be nice is a progress bar for the Rendering. :)

Yes, there is already request about that - #383.

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Blaggejoe commented Dec 3, 2017

For me MPEG4- part 2... with bitrate 2000 was ok.
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wstaelens commented Oct 3, 2018

very confusing to select the correct codec to make an mp4 file which plays in Windows 10's default video player.
I just want to create an MP4 with best quality settings that works on the default video player of Windows 10. Not first spending 5 weeks on Wikipedia just to figure out that a specific mpeg-4 codec does not work by default on Windows 10.
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morevnaproject commented Oct 21, 2018

So, should we change default video rendering parameters to "MPEG4- part 2"?
We can also set default rendering format to "mp4" (video) instead of "png" (image sequence).

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@morevnaproject morevnaproject changed the title W10 Render parameter are bad Default render parameter are bad Oct 21, 2018

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morevnaproject commented Nov 2, 2018

Render defaults now to "avi" extension with "mpeg4" codec.

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