Okay, after spending a few years on the BGE, I have decided to get to grips with animation, (with which I am a total noob.) As my first project, I am making a little plasma strand dance around on the edge of the sun before it explodes. I have had a few hair pulling moments and restarts, but, you know things are generally starting to come together.
So, I was trying to decide on whether to use the particle system or a halo material to generate a cloud of ejected star stuff and rendered out 150 frames in .png format, once using particles and once using halo material. This is where my problem starts…
I can get the images into the sequence editor and I actually managed to render both sequences into .avi jpeg format, however, while the video clip plays on the “VLC media player” with no problems, there is no image when I try to play the clips with either “windows media player” or “Irfan view”. Is this just bad/incompatible codecs and if so, how can I fix it?
Secondly, from looking at very old 2.49 tutorials, I am under the impression I should be able to get a preview of the frame or clip I am working with, but all I get is a black panel which occasionally becomes white as I click through the channels.
Has anybody any suggestions as to what is causing either problem?
Thanks in advance
By the way, I am using Blender 2.66 on windows Xp