Multiple Renders

Harmony lets you simultaneously render many formats and resolutions for a scene. This saves a lot of time as you do not have to return between each render to start a new one.

To use multiple renders, connect as many Write modules as needed to match the required number of exports. Then, adjust each Write module’s settings to create image sequences or movies.

YOU MUST GIVE DIFFERENT NAMES TO EACH OUTPUT FILE. This is especially important if you save them all in the same folder, so they do not overwrite each other.

When you have multiple Write modules in a scene, it is useful to rename the modules according to their output settings such as: low_resolution_movie or HDTV_sequence.

To export different resolutions concurrently, you need to create a combination of the following:

Write module—see Advanced Export

Scale-Output module

Crop module

Once your Write modules are connected, you need some Scale-Output modules to change the resolution output of the Write module. For example, if you export in a high resolution and a low resolution, you need one Scale-Output module.

Set the project’s resolution to the highest resolution needed for this export and use the Scale-Output modules to scale down the other outputs.

DO NOT scale up the output size, that will not provide a good result. It is also better to use the Scale-Output module to scale down in a same aspect ratio so that it does not distort the image.

To output two files with different aspect ratios, such as 16:9 and 4:3, you can use the Crop module. This module is used to crop the final image in order to discard excess information without distorting the render.

If you start with a higher resolution and want to crop down to a lower resolution, such as HDTV to NTSC, you will need to combine the Crop module with a Scale module.

Once you know the type of render you want to do, you will need to retrieve your modules from the Module Library and connect them to the scene’s network.