Sketch Guide > Export > Exporting a QuickTime Movie

Exporting a QuickTime Movie

If you require a video file, you can export your animation as a QuickTime movie. To render a QuickTime movie with transparency, you need to set the Depth setting to Millions of Colours +.

If your exported video is too small or too large, change the project size from the top menu in Scene > Scene Settings. This will change the size of the video output.

4. In the Display Source section, select the Display module to use for rendering your project.
5. From the Export Range section, decide whether you want to export the entire scene (All) or a specific frame range. If you decide on the latter, enter the frame range.

6. In the Resolution section, select one of the following from the menu:
A preferred resolution ratio.
Custom: Enables the Width and Height fields so you can enter a specific size.

7. In the Options section, click Movie Options.

Parameter Description
Video Enables the customization of the video settings, filters and size.
Settings: Opens the Standard Video Compression Settings dialog box (see below).
Filter: Opens the Choose Video Filter dialog box, where you can select from a range of filters to apply to your video export.
Size: Opens the Export Size Settings dialog box. The size settings are overridden by the Harmony's scene settings.
Sound Check this box to enable the customization of the sound settings.
Settings: Opens the Sound Settings dialog box (see below).
Prepare for Internet Streaming Select this option to enable the customization of the Internet streaming options.
8. In the Video section, click Settings.

The Standard Video Compression Settings dialog box opens.

9. From the Compression Type menu, select a codec. The availability of certain compression settings depends on the Compression Type selected. For example, Animation is the default compression type and as a result the Data Rate option is greyed out.
10. In the Motion section, choose a Frame Rate from the list.

By default, it is set to match the frames-per-second (fps) of your Harmony project. If you choose a lower frame rate, your export playback will be faster than your actual project. The reverse is also true for a higher frame rate.

11. If you want key frames inserted, select the Every option and set the number per frame.

This is the option is recommended by QuickTime. Refer to the QuickTime documentation for further details.

12. In the Compressor section, choose a Depth based on your movie’s needs. For example, Millions of Colours+ houses an alpha channel.
13. In the Quality section, use the slider to choose a quality setting. Remember that the better the quality of the export, the larger the file.

14. From the Data Rate section, either choose to allow the program to automatically select the most optimal bit rate, or enter a Restricted rate to save space and allow for faster downloading at a cost to the quality of the export.
15. In the same section, from the Optimized For menu, select the intended viewing method for the export.
16. Click OK.
17. From the Movie Settings dialog box, click Sound Settings.

The Sound Settings dialog box opens.

18. From the Compressor menu, select a compression type.

The default setting is None. This will preserve your original sound file without the loss of information. However, an uncompressed sound file will inevitably add “weight” to the overall size of your video export.

19. Select a Rate by pressing the arrow button next to kHz.

It is best to check and match the original properties of your sound file. For example, if your file has an audio sample rate of 48 kHz and you choose a conversion rate of 22.05 kHz, the sound will play at the same speed, but with higher frequencies missing.

For a standard film sound quality, choose 44.1 kHz, or 48 kHz for DVD quality. Anything less will make the sound “dull” or less bright. For things like recorded voice this doesn't matter so much, but for music it can make an audible difference.

If file size is a consideration, such as with videos for the Internet, then a lower rate might be more practical.

20. Next, choose the Size and the Use, which are related. Once again, it is advisable to check your original sound file properties. If the file was recorded in one channel (mono), there is little point in choosing the two channel (stereo) option. Although Mono can support a 16-bit channel, the extra information is unnecessary. Mono is generally paired with 8-bit and Stereo with 16-bit.
21. Click OK.
22. In the Export to QuickTime Movie dialog box, click OK.

A progress bar appears.

23. Browse to the location on your computer where you saved your QuickTime video and double-click on it to view the export.