We’ve all been there. You try to export an animation from Synchro, and using one of the Video Codecs, to find that Synchro produces an AVI that is 2.5 GB (or bigger) for every minute. The Microsoft codecs aren’t much help. I’ve been using the Lagarith Lossless Video Codec for a few years now and I find that its one of the best codecs to use with Synchro Animations. Its easy to install, the files aren’t nearly as big (still a hefty 750-MB per minute though), and the quality is superb.
Installing the Codec
This is pretty straight-forward, download the Lagarith Installer from the link above, you will need admin rights, and be sure Synchro is closed during installation.
Exporting an Animation
Animations is one of the features that seems to improve dramatically with each new release of Synchro. The concept is still the same: Create an Animation, then right click on it from the Navigator and “Export to AVI”.
There are a lot options here, and you can get very creative. But in the first tab select Lagarith as your codec. Everything else is up to you. Generally, I like to make the dimensions the same as a common widescreen dimensions, the dimensions won’t have much affect on the size or time to create your animations. What will affect the time it takes to export the AVI is the framerate, your not creating an action film here, so 12-15 fps should suffice. Also, the rendering effects, particularly Ambient Occlusions and Shadows could add time to your export depending on your hardware. Fast Silhouette Edges on the other hand, will speed up your Export.
Windows Live Movie Maker
If you have Windows… which you do, then Windows Live Movie Maker, which is an application within Windows Live Essentials is a free tool that you can use to bring your 3-GB AVI to a 30MB WMV file.
Handbrake is another free application that is great for converting almost any video format to MP4 or MV4. It’s a very popular and FREE tool that lots of people use to convert their movies so they can put them on iTunes and watch their movies on their iPods, iPhones, and iPads. In our case, it will do this and take our 30-MB WMV to a 3-MB mv4 movie. 3-MB can be emailed and quickly uploaded to youtube.
Depending on your company policy, or lack thereof, you may want to share your animation with others. YouTube is a great way of doing this. I usually do, except for exceptionally classified projects. One thing you can do is make the videos Private which basically means the only people that can watch the video is people that have the link. Private YouTube videos can’t be found via search or any other way unless they have a link. You can’t set a password, and this should not be a deal breaker, anyone can share a password as easily as they can share a link, so it is not any more secure, if the video gets into the wrong hands, you can change the link (like you would a password).