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Resizing the dimensions: Resampling a Video Clip

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More often than not, your original 3D rendering may be the wrong size. It's too big, or too small.

You can easily change the resolution of the animation in PC Pro. Load it through the Animation menu, for example if it's an image sequence, or an AVI file.

Once loaded into memory, PD Pro lets you change the size of the current image from the menu:

Image > Resample...

If you have more than a single image loaded, i.e. if PD Pro finds that there's an animation loaded (2 or more frames), then it will apply the change in dimensions and resampling to all frames.


You can select the desired new dimension from a long list of common presets, which you can in fact customize. There is a text file containing the Default Resolutions: Def_Res.txt - it islocated in the folder where you installed PD Pro.

You can of course enter your unique width and height directly as well.

And be sure to select Bi-linear+ for the sampling mode. We hear it's the best!




When you click "OK", Dogwaffle goes to work. For a few seconds you might not see much happening, as it re-allocates memory for the new animation buffers (R,G,B, swap, alpha...). Usually a lot of memory.

Then it starts resampling each frame and copies the new one into the new buffer. You'll see a progress bar during this process.



Before you do this sort of operation which is immensely memory intensive, you may want to make sure you have saved a quick dump of the current animation on file. It would be a shame to loose it without a handy backup somewhere in case your PC runs out of virtual memory (which can happen when you deal with very long animations or clips at HDTV and film resolution)

Save Often!











 
















Here's an example of the original animation, resized to 176x132

If you'd like to use it, grab this AVI file (899 KB) saved with Indeo 4.5 codec. It plays at 30 frames per second, over 8 seconds long, for a total of 240 frames






 
intro part 1 part 2 part 3
part 4
part 5
part 6
part 7
part 8