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Render Dimensions & Metadata – Blender 2.80 Fundamentals

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Render Dimensions & Metadata #

Render dimensions and metadata are essential aspects of rendering in Blender that define the size and resolution of your final output and provide additional information about your renders. Understanding and configuring these settings is crucial for producing professional-quality images and animations while ensuring optimal performance. This guide will cover the basics of setting render dimensions and adding metadata to your renders in Blender.

Render Dimensions #

The render dimensions in Blender dictate the size, aspect ratio, and resolution of the final image or animation. To configure these settings, follow these steps:

  1. In the Properties panel, navigate to the Output Properties tab, where you will find the Render Dimensions settings.
  2. Set the desired resolution by adjusting the X and Y values (measured in pixels). The default resolution is 1920×1080 pixels, which corresponds to Full HD. You can increase or decrease the resolution based on your project requirements.
  3. Adjust the percentage slider below the X and Y values to scale the output resolution. For example, setting the slider to 50% will render an image at half the specified resolution. This can be useful for creating quick previews or reducing render times during testing.
  4. Set the aspect ratio by modifying the X and Y values under the “Aspect Ratio” section. The default aspect ratio is 1:1, which means that the rendered output will have square pixels. You can change these values to create non-square pixel outputs, such as anamorphic formats.
  5. Configure the frame rate for animations under the “Frame Rate” drop-down menu. The default frame rate is 24 frames per second (fps), which is commonly used for film and animation. You can choose other presets or set a custom frame rate depending on your project needs.

Metadata #

Metadata refers to additional information embedded in your rendered images or animations. This information can include details such as the author, copyright, and rendering settings. To add metadata to your renders, follow these steps:

  1. In the Properties panel, navigate to the Output Properties tab and locate the Metadata section.
  2. To include metadata related to the render settings, such as the render engine, time, and date, check the “Render Settings” option.
  3. To add custom metadata, such as the author or copyright information, check the “Note” option and enter your text in the provided field.
  4. When rendering an image, ensure that the output format supports metadata. Common formats that support metadata include PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and OpenEXR. For animations, you can use formats like FFmpeg video, AVI, or QuickTime.

By configuring render dimensions and metadata settings in Blender, you can produce images and animations at the desired resolution and include relevant information within your renders. Properly setting up these aspects not only enhances the professional appearance of your work but also helps manage project requirements and optimize render times.

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