Is it possible to have a scene strip in the VSE render using the OpenGL renderer?

I know you can make it render using viewport shading/OpenGL in the preview, but can you do this for the final render, without first rendering to an image sequence and loading that back into the VSE?

I have a couple scene strips, one is a a cycles scene, and the other is some text objects and stuff to be overlayed on the cycles render. I would like to render the text with OpenGL as it's just flat shading, and cycles is overkill.


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In Blender 2.76 or later you can render a Scene Strip in the VSE using OpenGL by hitting one of the two Buttons next to "Use Backdrop". The left one will render a single frame, the right one the entire animation.

Screenshot of OpenGL Buttons

In case you want to have transparency for the VSE OpenGL render, it seems you have to set the alpha mode of the OpenGL render options to transparent before adding the scene to the VSE when using 2.79 (Render -> OpenGL Render Options -> Alpha Mode -> Transparent).

  • $\begingroup$ i have a simple default cube in the scene, but when i import the scene in the vse layer on top of my video clip , the cube appears but the background in not transparent, it is the world background (grey), how do i make the background transparent so that the bottom layer is visible below the cube? $\endgroup$
    – vikrant
    Dec 4, 2017 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ @vikrant I edited the answer with information on how to get Alpha working. $\endgroup$ Dec 5, 2017 at 21:43
  • $\begingroup$ thanks for the edit, in addition to this i think we also have to make the world background transparent, i did this by using node editor, just slide the alpha all the way to left and set alpha mode to transparent as you suggested. $\endgroup$
    – vikrant
    Dec 6, 2017 at 7:39

No - openGL rendering is a simple representation of the 3dview only available from the 3dview. It is basically a screen capture of the 3D viewport.

But you can save an opengl render of the scene and add the image/video files to the vse, or set the text scene to BI with simple shading to get a fast render.

Even using cycles for a text only render you only need a diffuse node and 1 sample to get a sub-second per frame render, turn off shadows and caustics to ensure the fastest result.

  • $\begingroup$ I'd opt for second solution, but with an emission shader (if text is colored) or a holdout shader (if it's black) $\endgroup$
    – Polosson
    Sep 1, 2014 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ With only one sample you get no AA though.. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Sep 1, 2014 at 18:44

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