You have created an animation and want to export it into a video format. Here are the steps which you can follow to export the blender animation as video format –
- Choose an output location for your animation under the Output Settings tab by clicking on “Output”.
- Set the Path to the folder where you want your output files to be saved, whether it is rendered as image files or a video file.
Before you make a video file of your animation, it is a good idea to render it as an Image Sequence first. If you render it directly to a video file, you can’t stop/pause the render or there is a chance that you will get a corrupted file and have to render all of the frames all over again. Having an image sequence will allow you to experiment with different formats for and settings for encoding to video.
(If you want to render animation directly as video format without saving as images, skip to step 8)
3. When you have chosen an output directory for your Image Sequence, choose an Image Format.
4. On the main menu Select Render > Render Animation (or press the shortcut Ctrl + F12)
Blender will now start rendering the scene frames one by one.
- When the rendering is finished you will have a lot of numbered images. To encode them as a single video file, start a new project and choose New > Video Editing.
6. On the Sequencer window, click on Add > Image Sequence
- Select all of the image files of your animation with A and click on “Add image strip”.
- In the Properties Window now select FFmpeg video as File format.
A new tab will appear with Encoding options.
There you can select the Container and the Codec for the output video file.
Container is the file format for the file, (Mov, Avi, Ogg, MP4, to name a few) sometimes is referred as a “wrapper”.
Codec (short for Compression-Decompression) Is how the image is compressed. The picture quality, file size and processing power needed to view the file are largely determined by the kind of codec used and the settings used for it.
- On the main menu Select Render > Render Animation (or press the shortcut Ctrl + F12)
The result of this will be a video file.