To export a QuickTime movie, you need to adjust few settings in the Write node’s properties.
- In the Node view, open the Write node’s Layer Properties by doing one of the following:
- Click on the yellow square at the left end of the Write node.
- Right-click on the Write node, then select Layer Properties.
- In the Output tab, select the Movie option to create a movie file.
A Movie Folder and Movie Filename field appear among the Drawing Folder and Drawing Filename fields.
- Right to Movie Folder, click Choose and browse to the directory where you want the movie file to be exported.
You can also click on Default to set the output directory to frames. This will export the movie to your scene's frames subdirectory.
- In the Movie Filename field, enter the desired name of the movie file to be exported, without its extension.
- Right of the Movie option, select one of the following export types:
- Quick Time Movie (*.mov): Available on Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux.
- Windows Media Video (*.wmv): Available on Windows only.NOTE On Windows and macOS, Apple QuickTime must be installed in order to export QuickTime movies.
On GNU/Linux, Harmony uses a more limited, open source QuickTime-compatible library which does not require additional software.NOTE On Windows and macOS, Apple QuickTime must be installed in order to export QuickTime movies.
- To configure the video and audio compression settings for your exported movie file, do one of the following:
- If on Windows or macOS and exporting a QuickTime movie, click on Movie Settings to open the QuickTime Movie Settings dialog box—see Configuring Movie Settings for QuickTime Movies on Windows and macOS
- If on Windows and exporting in Windows Media Video format, click on Movie Settings to open the Windows Media Video Settings dialog box—see Configuring Movie Settings for Windows Media Video.
- If your video format is QuickTime Movie and you're on a GNU/Linux machine, click on Video Options to configure the video compression settings for your movie file, or on Sound Options to configure its audio compression settings—see Configuring Movie Settings for QuickTime Movies on GNU/Linux.
If you are using Harmony Server, and not all the machines in your database's render farm use the same operating systems as the one you are using, you should make sure the machines that will render your scene are compatible with your movie format and movie options. Specifically, look out for the following exception cases:
- If your Write node is configured to export in Windows Media Video format, the machine that will perform the render must be a Windows machine, running Windows 7 or later, with Windows Media Player installed.
- If your Write node is configured to export in QuickTime Movie format and the machine that will perform the render is a Windows or macOS machine, this machine must have Apple QuickTime installed.
- If your Write node is configured to export in QuickTime Movie format, be aware that Windows and macOS use Apple QuickTime to perform the render, whereas GNU/Linux use the OpenQuickTime library, which has a different configuration platform and a more limited set of compression settings. Therefore, configuring a Write node's movie render on Windows or macOS to have the render performed by GNU/Linux machines, or vice versa, might have unexpected results.