Problem rendering 720p video with h.264

OS: WinXP
Blender Ver: 2.49b

For some reason, Blender won’t let me render into h.264 using FFmpeg. The option is there. But when it tries to render, the render window comes up black, and I can see in the Task Manager that virtually no processing power is being used. Here’s a screenshot of what happens: http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c21/starskies/_misc/Blender_h264_hang.jpg

XviD, however, works fine. Does anyone have an idea what’s causing this?

Yep, Blender does not work right. Your best approach is to render out an image sequence then put it together in another compositor, like After Effects.

Unfortunately, that approach isn’t going to work for me. I’m trying to use Blender as a complete video editor precisely because I can’t afford a commercial video editing suite.

If other people are encountering the same freeze with Blender’s FFmpeg implementation of h.264, where would I file a bug report?

Also, can Blender encode audio without FFmpeg, say, when using the “AVI Codec” option for your video? And how?

Are you using XP64? If so, FFMPEG is currently not supported with Windows 64bit Blender.


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Nope. Just regular ol’ 32-bit WinXP. Also, FFmpeg can encode to XviD just fine, but not h.264 (haven’t tried the others).

If other people are encountering the same freeze with Blender’s FFmpeg implementation of h.264, where would I file a bug report?

h.264 works fine for me.

Also, can Blender encode audio without FFmpeg, say, when using the “AVI Codec” option for your video? And how?

No.

If you are experienced at video editing, disregard this, but if not research codecs and ensure that your pc is configured properly first. I agree and disagree about blenders sequencer, it is not the best system out there and Atom is right about searching out others, but it is definitely functional, FFMPEG has sooooo many settings and they all have to be configured properly…and your machine must be as well.
I would keep trying with blender if I were you…but here are some other freebies.
http://tv.isg.si/site/?q=node/873

Cinnelara is a professional suite, like blender it takes some getting used to, but it can do just about anything. (Linux only of course, Windows guys will need http://wubi-installer.org/ )

If you are new to video editing, and want decent results achieved easily, try pinnacle studio.
It is the baby of the Avid line, and beneath its home movie facade lie some very powerful features for just $99. I know several pros that have better tools available to them, that stll use pinnacle for their “simple” stuff. Its audio features are extremely intuitive, and it helped me to learn a few years ago. Baby steps.

Good Luck, Make us some movies!

Thanks for your guys’ help! Unfortunately, N00BIE, every other free WinXP editor I’ve seen has size restrictions that won’t let you work with 720p video. And I’d rather not have to boot into Linux each time I want to fire up my video editor.

I did find an official bug report ( http://projects.blender.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=19281&group_id=9&atid=125 ), so obviously I’m not the only one with the problem.

But, for now, I’ve determined that I can simply render my videos with FFmpeg using the AVI wrapper and the lossless HuffYUV codec, then convert the resulting file into H.264 with other software such as MeGUI ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/megui ),