This is not a repeat of these questions:

No file output after rendering?

How to render an animation as video in Blender?

Blender not rendering animation?

How can I make my Blender animation into a video?

As none of the solutions have helped.

I've been able to render 2 simple animations (in blender render) before without any problems. I made an animation (this time in cycles though) and changed the output folder paths, both in settings>file and properties> render. But there is no new file in the output directory. I can't figure out what I could have done between my last rendering and now to cause this problem.

  • I've tried with multiple image types (i.e: png, jpeg, jpegavi, etc.) but it makes no difference.

  • I'm able to save a single image manually from the UV/Image editor (to the output path selected), but it makes no difference when I actually try to render the animation

  • Running bpy.ops.render.render(write_still=True) in the Python Console doesn't render the animation to the output path selected.

  • Changing the device from "CPU" to "CPU Compute" doesn't help.

  • Blender is calculating something, as every time I hit render, I'm notified when the calculation is finished (takes different amounts of time depending on the image output i've selected).

  • I've tried loading "factory settings" and making a simple animation in there, but it still doesn't render to the folder I've selected.

  • I have both render output paths (in settings>file and properties> render) set to the same folder.

Not even other forms like this one help:


These pictures are from the simple animation I made using default factory settings:

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    $\begingroup$ can you add images of your current setup? Please include images of your scene that show lights, camera, modifiers, particles, physics or any specific setting you are using. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ Are you stating that no file gets created? The image created is not what you expected? or Something Else? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 0:34
  • $\begingroup$ There is no file created at all. I've added some pictures. In this .blend file, there is only one light and one camera, no modifiers, particles, physics or special settings. The file I first tried to render had a few modifiers, more lights, and 2 cameras. But I thought using the simplest example would help narrow down the problem. I feel it's something to do with my settings and not necessarily the file attributes, since I can't render even a simple animation made from the "factory settings" file. $\endgroup$
    – Metamorph
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ Like it's already advised, open Blender's console (in the top left corner of default window) and set rendering anmation once more. It should write what happens. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 10:20
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    $\begingroup$ @user321141 don't delete your question! If you resolved your issue please write an answer. I'm sure someone having the same issue will find it useful. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 15:26

2 Answers 2


My renders were not appearing in the output folder as my macintosh was not linked to an icloud account.

Between my successful and failed renders (about 2 weeks) I had deleted my icloud account and created a new one. I periodically received notifications asking me to sign into an icloud account, but since I don't use icloud, I ignored them. Frustrated, I began running virus checks, reinstalled blender and restarting my computer, but it made no difference. Finally, in an attempt to have everything run smoothly, I signed into icloud (after being asked once again).

In lay terms, it seemed apple wanted to be happy before it would let a nonnative program follow the right paths.

After signing into icloud, my renders appeared on the output folder. Hope this helps anyone else experiencing a similar problem.


I had the same problem and it turns out that under "Output" I have to input the path to the entire file and not only the path to the directory I want the rendered video to be.

So this was not working:


But his is:


Which is odd because I could swear that I didn't have to do this the last time I rendered a video in the sequencer. What is also strange is that there is no error or warning message shown by Blender. It just renders the video and creates no file. Which can be quite frustrating if you waited for hours for it to finish.

Edit: I'm using Blender 3.1.2


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