So I made an intro using animation and it saves it as a .blend and I want it so save as a video like .mp4 or something like that.
I've tried changing the codec because I tried opening the intro with windows media instead of blend. I didn't try all the codec's but I tried some of them.


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The .blend file contains the 3D project.

To create an animation in a video format you need to render it first.

Select the output format and encoding, the name of the file and hit Animation (or CTRL F12

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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.

  • $\begingroup$ just because this is the top result on google: on linux, I had to select FFmpeg video in the Output section and then I could select MP4 is the Encoding section $\endgroup$
    – damio
    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:23
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, the options have changed in recent versions of blender. Read: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/82962/… $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:24

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