Exporting to MP4 Video in Blender’s Video Sequence Editor (06)

Hello and welcome to this sixth video in
using Blender for video editing. In this session we’re going to talk about how to
render out your final product – how to, after you’ve gone and done all your
edits, how to generate that video file that you can then share with friends and
family or upload to YouTube or whatever you want to do with it. As you can see
here, I’ve already got something ready to go. I’ve already loaded up a video file.
I’ve kept the audio portion of it this time. I’ve done some cuts to it and
rearranged it. I’ve set my start and end frame range and I’ve also gone into the
Properties Editor to adjust the dimensions of the video to match up to
the original dimensions of the source file. So what’s left is everything that’s
specific to the rendering, which is all handled inside this same
Properties editor and we’ll go through things from top to bottom. First
thing I’m going to do is expand that pane so I don’t have to do as much
scrolling. This button here, “Animation”, that’s the button that we will click on
at the end because that’s what will get Blender to do the rendering but before
that we have a number of things to change. Starting with “Display”. If yours does not say “Keep UI”, I highly suggest changing it
to that because what it does is it tells Blender to just keep everything as
is and not to start displaying something new, which will likely impact the
performance and slow down the rendering. Now we’ll scroll down to this section
here: “Output”. This first thing here is a text field which is supposed to give the
the directory and file name to render to. Right now it’s just a folder /
directory. You can click on that and I can type in a file name to go along with
that so that I actually control what the file name will be when
when Blender does its render. If I don’t give a filename then it’ll automatically
choose a file name based off of the frame rendering range that we’ve
set up. Instead of typing it here you can also click on this browse button and
then you get this interface where you can choose your drives or
your directories and then also type in the exact file name here. So another way
I could have done there and press ENTER and then click “Accept” but in the
end, you know, as you can see, it just adjusts the directory and file name as
if we had just typed it. So either way works well. This option here, “Overwrite”, it
does as you think. If that file already existed then with this
option checked then Blender will overwrite it; otherwise it won’t do
anything. Now here’s the big one to adjust.
Right now this button here, it says “PNG”. If you click on that then you
get this file format window popping up. PNG is an image format, so by default
Blender will output to a series of images one per frame. But what we want
is a movie, a video. So go under here, pick “FFmpeg video”. And by the way, these
things that I’m telling you to select, these are all options that I use
and they work well for me so that’s why I’m sharing these with you. After you’ve selected
“FFmpeg video” then you can go ahead and expand this “Encoding” section
and click “Presets” and choose “h264 in MP4” That’ll get Blender to adjust some
of these settings automatically: the container, the codec. And the last
thing to set is “Audio Codec” if your video has audio like mine does. So as you
can see, I’ll scroll that back up, you can see all these light blue strips here.
These are audio strips as you can see they’re type “Sound” so we have
to click on “None” and then pick a value. I suggest “AAC” as the codec.
Again, that’s what works well for me. if you don’t do that and you go
ahead and render then the video file that Blender generates will
will not have any sound to it. Those are all the settings to change.
So we can scroll back up and now we can click the “Animation” button. Once
we do that you can see that Blender shows a progress bar up here and it also
colours in the the Blender window icon here on the taskbar so that’s a nice
convenience right there. And once the rendering is done you can go to the
directory where it created the output file and there it is and I can double
click on that and it’ll start playing … eventually, and there you go. So you can
see here it’s a five second clip, exactly what we had inside of Blender. So
there you have it; that’s how you can render your videos. I suggest you go and
give it a try and mess around with the settings and see what works better for
you. If you google this, I’m sure you’ll find many other articles and videos
offering their advice on what settings to use. But again, these are the
settings that I have been using and they work great for me so that’s what I’m
recommending to you. And that’s it for now. So have fun and we’ll see you next
time. Bye

29 thoughts on “Exporting to MP4 Video in Blender’s Video Sequence Editor (06)

  1. You deserve more respect for this tutorial. I was having so much trouble trying to figure out how, and the only other tutorial I could find for 2018 was in Spanish. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Really do appreciate that you decided to help newbies like me with things like this.

  2. This video helped me so much! I watched several other videos and even asked the blender forums how to do share files, and you are the first one to make me understand it

  3. Thx Dude, one question.. If my video is narrower than the dotted lines surrounding it will it affect the animation? If it will keep black borders how can I remove them to have a narrow clip? Thanks for the tutorial +Like

  4. Thanks you helped me a lot but I still don't know how to change the quality of the video? Can you help me with that?

  5. I found it great but one problem, When i press animation my video only goes on for 5 seconds while my video is 8:32 minutes long!But Overall Its GREAT!

  6. Something that just hit me as I'm compiling my video ! How does blender know to render the movie clip that I imported instead of a render of the 3d cube filmed from the Camera in the 3D Port

  7. Thx It is super great for me, but one thing is why I output the video frame per frame and you can output it once and also yours are so smooth @@

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