[Sidefx-houdini-list] Rendering a short film

Lisa Reynolds lisa at red3d.com
Mon Mar 20 19:19:20 EST 2006

Hi Steve,

I looked at Siggraph's call for this year (now passed) and they are  
abandoning tape and film completely. Jury screening is done via DVD  
or online. They are mastering to 1920 x 1080 24p and have asked for  
individual frames (30 or 24 fps) and a separate soundtrack. No  
mention of what file format they wanted. It sounds like rendering at  
24 fps might be a better idea as the conversion to 30 fps goes better  
than the reverse direction. I read at one site that you can store 24p  
video on a DVD and the player will do the 3:2 pulldown on the fly,  
but I can't find any information to verify this. Not sure how that  
would work.

It's difficult to figure out which format will give me the best  
quality but have minimal artifacts if it has to be converted to  
something else.


> Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 08:21:57 +1100
> From: "Steve Agland" <sagland at gmail.com>
> Subject:Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] Rendering a short film

> Hi Lisa,
> As Mark said, assuming you can't afford the luxury of film, PAL or  
> NTSC is
> the way to go. Festivals almost always want your entry to be in  
> digital
> betacam or beta sp format - this is definitely the case for  
> Siggraph. Some
> of the less formal festivals might accept DVDs these days, but if  
> you want
> to be able to submit to any festival in the world, aim to get two  
> digital
> betacam masters, one in PAL and on in NTSC. To keep it simple you  
> should
> probably pick one of these formats (say, NTSC, if that's your  
> local, but I
> prefer PAL) to render in, and have your PAL master professionally  
> dubbed
> from this. Or you could try to produce the two formats yourself.
> Keep the two masters, and make copies to send to the festivals -  
> NTSC for
> North America and Japan, and PAL for everywhere else, if I remember  
> right.
> :)
> As for getting your short from rendered TGAs onto your video  
> masters, I'm
> not sure. I was lucky enough to have contacts in a company that  
> could do
> this for me when I was submitting my short to festivals. Ring  
> around the
> local video production companies and see what they need. I recently  
> did some
> compositing for a friend who was directing a video. I ended up  
> supplying him
> with an uncompressed video format on some type on a portable hard  
> drive...
> Anyway if you don't want to think about video production yet, just  
> start
> rendering out at a PAL or NTSC resolution or frame rate to  
> uncompressed
> targas or tiffs. Resolutions/frame rates for these are easy to find
> (widescreen is another choice to make I guess...?)
> Cheers
> Steve

On 3/17/06, Lisa Reynolds <lisa at red3d.com> wrote:

> Has anyone submitted a short film in the various animation festivals
> around (Siggraph or others)? What resolution, frame rate, and file
> format did you render to?
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