When you use the Pencil Test tool to create your AVI, make sure that you have
modified the codec settings appropriately. A codec prescribes an
algorithm for compressing individual image files into a movie.
Different codecs create different quality AVIs; moreover, if you don't
change your settings, your movie will be created at 30 FPS instead of 24
FPS! Not good. I preset the codec for you guys in our old AXA; however,
the new version "unsets itself" every time you open the Pencil-Test module.
SO, until AXA tech-support comes through for us, you should make sure your
settings are correct every time you use Pencil-Test. (The settings shown
below seem to work nicely.)
In order to get the settings to "take", you need to open the Pencil-Test
Options twice. The first time you open it, set the FPS to 24; then close the
Options menu, open it again, and choose your Codec. Do it in this order, and
Pencil-Test will remember your codec settings . . . at least until you close
Pencil-Test, at which point you'll have to do it all over again. Whee!
You also have to manually copy out your "Pencil.avi" file from your scene's
AVI directory. The "AVI window/Save as . . " command ain't working . . .
If you don't fix the settings, you can still do rough pencil-tests . . .
they'll probably play at 30 FPS, tho, and they might play back choppily.
If you can get the settings to "stick", please let me know how, and I'll post it here.
And remember, if you're not using any other "module", you *might* be able to leave
Pencil-Test open while you edit your work, so you don't have to re-fix all the