With pCon.planner, animations can be created and converted into videos. When saving the Animation as a Video (*.avi file) you have the option of selecting a compression method in order to keep the video’s file size down. However, compression methods are not included in pCon.planner itself. The application does only access the video codecs that are installed on your operating system.

We recommend the x264vfw codec, which can be downloaded for free.

This is how to use the codec:

  1. Use the Video button on the Presentation tab to compute your Animation.
  2. When the images have been computed, you can save the Animation as a video. Click on Save As within the Media Output window.
  3. In the opening dialog, select the Video files (*.avi) entry and click on Save.
  4. In the next step, a dialog labeled Select video compression is displayed. Please pick x264vfw – H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec from the list.
  5. Under Options, further settings can be made. We recommend the following: Activate Zero Latency. Use one of the Single pass modes within the Rate control area.
  6. Save your settings and click the OK button within the Select video compression dialog to compute the video.

More information on animations can be found within the chapter on animations within the program help.

In case you would like to use any other codec, please keep in mind that it has to be developed as Video for Windows (vfw) in order to be compatible with pCon.planner.

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