How to Render an AVI File in Maya

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How to Render an AVI File in Maya
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Maya is one of the most widely used 3D animation programs on the market. It has been used for years to create an array of animated movies, television shows and video games. It has also been used to add CGI content to live action video or to create animated graphics or titles. Maya works by rendering out one or more individual images of what a scene would look like under specified lighting conditions. You can save animation files in a number or formats, including AVI. It is actually better to export your animation out as a series of frames that you then compile in a video editing application like Adobe Premiere or Avid. However, you might want to turn out a quick AVI version just for testing. The process for doing this is quite simple.

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  1. 1

    Click on the Maya shortcut on your desktop to start the Maya application.

  2. 2

    Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue that appears, find a file you have been working on that you want to render and open it.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Render Settings" and set the output to "Multiple Files." Choose "AVI" as the "File Type."

  4. 4

    Choose the first frame that you want to render to the video as well as the last. This is useful if you only want to look at a particular section, since it lets you avoid the time needed to render the entire timeline.

  5. 5

    Type in the name of the animation and the location to save it. Close the "Render Settings" dialogue.

  6. 6

    Go to the "Render Module" and click on the drop-down "Render" menu. Choose "Batch Render" from the options to produce your AVI file.

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