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Yesterday I was working on a simple animation, an animated logo.

Here is an image of the progress:

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I already have the animation working and everything is okay with the project, but I can't figure out how I can render the animation and turn it into an AVI format video.

How do I render an animation in Blender?

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  • $\begingroup$ Yeah but when l click on the animation and when it's finnished l can only save as an image only can't find a way how to save as a video $\endgroup$ – Paulius Aug 20 '14 at 12:17
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    $\begingroup$ Scrool down that tab, until you find "Output" and then select a video format where it says png, or look at this video for converting stills into an animation : vimeo.com/26366908 $\endgroup$ – someonewithpc Aug 20 '14 at 12:23
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    $\begingroup$ Related: blender.stackexchange.com/q/3470/599 $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Aug 21 '14 at 1:20
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    $\begingroup$ @someonewithpc When I started with Blender I had no idea what rendering even meant, let alone how to save renders. $\endgroup$ – Anson Savage Aug 28 '15 at 23:57
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You have created an animation and want to make it into a final video format. Here are the steps -

  1. Choose an output location for your animation under the "Render" tab by clicking on "Output".
    This is the folder where your animation files will 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.
    Here's how you do it -

  2. When you have chosen an output directory for your animation, choose an image format under the output settings and click on "Animation" -

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  3. When it is finished, go to the video editor by clicking on "Choose screen layout" and then "Video Editing".

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  4. From there, click on "Add" and then "Image" -

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  5. Select all of the image files of your animation with A and click on "Add image strip". Then, click on "Choose screen layout" again and click on "Default". Then choose a video format for your animation -

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  6. Then click on "Animation" again under the "Render" tab.

    The second time you click on "Animation" under the "Render" tab, the animation is converting your image files into a video file.

UPDATE:

One of the big changes in 2.79 is that they finally separated containers and codecs. The encoding options from previous versions are still there, but now they have organized differently

If you select FFMpeg video, there will be a new tab for Encoding options.

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There you can select the container and the codec for the output 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.

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  • $\begingroup$ Check this Meta post meta.blender.stackexchange.com/questions/436/… ; Your answer is purely based on my comments above... $\endgroup$ – someonewithpc Aug 20 '14 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ No problem, if I wanted to I could have answered it... $\endgroup$ – someonewithpc Aug 20 '14 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't noticed the link for the video. How can I delete my answer (if it doesn't serve any purpose)? No "delete" button. $\endgroup$ – Vladimir Aug 20 '14 at 15:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Laira It does serve a purpose, question should be answered in the answer section, not on comments; Leave your answer there $\endgroup$ – someonewithpc Aug 20 '14 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Paulius If this answer has satisfactorily answered your question, consider marking it as accepted by clicking the checkmark next to it :) $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Aug 21 '14 at 21:05
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I found you don't have to use the video editor. If you set the output, it saves the file as it renders, that way you can use a video editor you are already familiar with.

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  • $\begingroup$ How would I add audio? This audio belongs to a MPEG video file though. Let me know if I should start a new question. $\endgroup$ – drpeppercan Jan 21 '17 at 0:49

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