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pilotgirl
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« on: March 19, 2017, 12:23:39 AM »

Hi everyone,

I'm super new to Mandelbulb 3D, and have only been messing with it for a month now but I've learned a lot from the online tutorials. So I made my first short animation and now after hours of rendering I discover I can't play the .m3a file on my Mac, and I can't seem to find any converter out there that will recognize it to convert it to mp4 or whatever.

What's the secret on getting this to play on a mac?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 09:54:31 AM »

Hi Pilotgirl,

The .m3a is not a video-format. It is a set of instructions for mb3d to render an animation for you. You can load a .m3a into mb3d's animation maker and then start rendering the images. After your animation has finished (and by what you write the render-process has finished and the images must sit on your computer) you need to turn the generated images into a readable graphic/video file like avi, gif, mp4 with another program. You can also render your animation in the preview window and then save as animated .gif (set downscaling and render every nth to 1).

Hope this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 11:07:31 PM »

Hi there,

Thanks for the reply. I'd never heard of an .m3a file before and didn't know if it was video or what... I did save it as a .gif and have the frames in Preview…now I guess it's a matter or converting that one. Thanks for the help, and I'll see what I figure out here tonight. grin

update:

Ok I figured it out. Super low resolution because I thought that would take less time but it was still several hours on my poor old Macbook Pro. Anyway, figured out how to get it into a format that iMovie would accept and added a little music.

Wish I'd spend a some time on the actual colors or background but I was just doing a test run to see if I could get the actual animation process to work.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Y_epUejca2g&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/Y_epUejca2g&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 07:51:48 AM »

Glad I could be of help and congratulations on your 'first'wink
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