I´m guessing that some of you already seen my previous posts so you know that I had issues early on with creating my animation but I was wondering one thing… am I the only one who experience issues with rendering (ffmpeg)? I have all the scenes I need for the animation but not able to render them, which is quite frustrating.
I´ll take it from the beginning.
I installed synfig studio on my PC.
I noticed from the beginning that rendering in ffmpeg sometimes didn´t work. It was like Russian roulette. You never knew when it would work and when it wouldn´t…
I installed the application instead on my virtual PC on my MAC computer (the reason for this was that I wasn´t able to get the MAC version to work at that time) and there it worked fine. I was able to render with ffmpeg. No issues at all… until two days ago.
Then suddenly it stopped working. I thought maybe it was because I had an older version so i updated to the latest synfig studio version… but nothing. the issue persisted.
I have also managed to install the MAC version but the issue is the same there… not able to render with ffmpeg.
so now I have 2 computers, one PC and one MAC with the same issue on both.
ffmpeg render uses a hardcoded command line execution of ffmpeg binary. The ffmpeg interface has changed from one version to other in more occasions that we would like so it is difficult to maintain a command line interface unless we provide a user customizable command string that it is not the case at the moment.
We have had some issues when dealing with non ascii characters with the path of the file to render or the place to render the file. Please check that you always use compatible path for your animation works.
Additionally it would help us if you paste here the result of the messages thrown to the terminal (in mac) or the console window (in windows) when the ffmpeg render fails.
You can provide the ffmpeg versions you have installed in both machines to let us compare with people that have it working.
In Windows, there is a black window MSDOS type behind Synfig Studio, please take a look to it.
In Mac, you have to search “Terminal” in the spotlight and then open one terminal To kno window. Inside it write ‘synfigstudio’ (without quotes) and press enter. Copy the output a the console and paste it here.
To know ffmpeg version please open a MSDOS window in Windows and type ‘ffmpeg’. Similar with Mac but with a terminal window.
I noticed that it works fine on both my PC and my MAC if I first open synfigstudio without any of my scenes on it. I leave the empty window open and then I open the scene that I want to render and just leave the path untouched and just change the rest that I want to change.